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The basic answer that most people look for from this question is that cattle, a cow, or any other bovine such as a bull, a steer, a heifer, or even a bison or buffalo has FOUR stomachs. However, physiologically speaking, cattle donot have four stomachs; they have four digestive compartmentsinterconnected as a single stomach.

The four digestive compartments in order are:

  1. Reticulum (the hardware stomach, where foreign objects collect that cannot pass through the digestive system; this compartment is also responsible for further breakdown processes from the rumen, and is the compartment where partly digested feed is collected to be regurgitated as cud.)
  2. Rumen (where bacteria and protozoa break down cellulose, hemi-cellulose, lignin and fibre from plant material; this is where the process of fermentation takes place)
  3. Omasum (absorbs water and digestible nutrients)
  4. Abomasum (which would be the true stomach, as it is in humans)

One thing that should be noted is that because the abomasum is considered to be the true stomach (and the only functional stomach compartment when a calf, a newborn bovine, is born), the other three compartments are simply an extension of the esophagus. Thus the primary reason that a bovine only has one stomach and not four. The definition of a stomach is that it is an organ which secretes enzymes, acids and other digestive compounds which enable the ability to break down food to mere molecules. Since a cow does not have four of these types of stomachs, it is safe to say that, physiologically, a cow or any other ruminant only has one stomach with four compartments.

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You have this all wrong. First of all, a cow only has one (1) stomach, just like you and me. Secondly, that one stomach of that cow is divided into four (4) compartments. This question has actually been answered already in the related question below.

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A cow has three forestomachs and one true stomach. A camel has two forestomachs and one true stomach. It can also be said that a cow has four "stomachs" or four chambers to one stomach, and a camel has three stomachs or three chambers to one stomach.

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Only one. That one stomach contains four compartments.

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Oxen are castrated bullocks so, like all bovines, they have a stomach with four compartments.

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None of the above. Cattle only have one stomach with four compartments.

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Both species have only one stomach. Camels only have three chambers to their stomach, whereas cows have four.

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Cattle have one stomach with three fore-stomachs. The three fore-stomachs are an extension of the esophagus. The fourth compartment is the true stomach, which functions much like our own.

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One stomach with 4 chambers.

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4 stomachs or we can say 4 digestive compartments where they store there food.

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