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Grain, including corn, barley, wheat, soybean, and rye, is an unnatural diet for cattle. Cattle have evolved to be able to efficiently digest a forage-based diet of grass and hay. When fed a grain diet, besides the benefits of increased weight gain before slaughter and boosting milk production in dairy cows, the bad often outweigh the good, as I mentioned above. When the bad outweigh the good, this means that a grain diet in cattle must be mixed with antibiotics and other additives to decrease the incidence of bloat and acidosis. When slaughtered, many animals that have undergone acidosis (acute and subacute) are found to have lesions or abcesses in their livers. Livers then have to be thrown away, as they are not suitable for food production. Trace amounts of antibiotics can also be found in meat from an animal that has been on a grain-fed diet.

Corn, which is quite high in starch, protein, and carbohydrates like many grains are, is considered a "hot ration" for cattle, and is digested very quickly in the rumen. This quick digestion is often too fast, resulting in maladies like acidosis and bloat. When any of these things happen, most often the animal goes down fairly quickly and dies just as fast. Acute acidosis is the main cause of death in many feedlot and corn-fed dairy cattle, and occurs when the body is overwhelmed with the spike in acid production in the rumen. Those that don't succumb to acute acidosis wander aimlessly around or cannot get up; after they are treated (with thiamine), they can also get what is called chronic acidosis, among other maladies like founder, bloat, and polio. Founder (inflamation of the laminae in the hooves) is often a precursor to acute acidosis, resulting in permanent lameness in the animal. Feed-tested bulls commonly have this problem more than any other animal on a grain-based diet. Bloat is another main cause of death and concern for cattle that have eaten a grain ration; bloat happens when protein digestion in the rumen goes hay-wire, resulting in froth or bubbles of gas that constantly build up in the rumen and are unable to be released through belching. It is often caused by feeding too much grain too soon, and if not treated quickly, the distended rumen, expanding all the time with the digestion of starch, protein and CHO, puts pressure on the lungs to the point where the animal suffocates and dies. Bloat is also found to be a precursor to acidosis. Polio (polioencephalomaladia) is a neurological disease that is often a result of a deficiency of thiamine. Thiaminase, an enzyme that breaks down and "uses" thiamine, is often put into high gear when the animal is digesting a high-grain ration which decreases the pH level in the rumen. Hence polio is also linked to acidosis in grain-fed cattle.

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Is eating corn bad for cows?

If you mean cows eating corn, then yes, but only if the cows are on a 100% corn ration. However, if you mean if we eat corn, then no because we're eating the corn and the cows get to eat grass.

What kind of grain do dairy cows eat?

cows will eat any grain, but most cows eat corn

Why do you need to feed cows corn?

Cows do not eat corn in their natuaral diet. They eat grass. Cows are being fed corn because it is cheap and plentiful. Because corn is not a natural food for cows, they need help digesting it and are fed antibiotics to keep their digestion healthy.

Will cows eat long grass?

Cows will eat long grass. Haven't you ever heard, "The cow's in the corn?" Corn is a tall grass.

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How many cows are forced to eat corn?

No cow is forced to eat corn. It's like candy to them.

What do cows in CAFOs eat?

Almost always corn.

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What is the complete predicate in cows eat corn and other grains?

The complete predicate is "eat corn and other grains".

What do ancient people eat?

they eat corn, flour , and wild pigs and cows

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Some may.But they shouldnt eat it they should avoid it. It can make them sick or hurt them.

What do cows do in a day?

That's easy cows basically eat,sleep and wander around fields.If your wandering what they eat they eat hay,barley,corn,grass,wheat,ect

Do cows eat beef?

No. Cows are herbivores, which means they eat plants. (beef is the meat that comes from cows.) In nature, cows eat grasses and other plants. On ranches, farms and feedlots, cows eat grass when in pastures, plus hay, silage, other feed products and corn when corralled or on feed lots.

Either grass what else cows and goats eat?

Cows eat corn, any grain, alfalfa and clover, and silage (either green corn stalks or other plant that is chopped into small pieces and fermented in a sealed environment).

If cows dont eat grass can they still make milk?

Yes, as long as they're still being fed. Cows on corn, corn silage and hay can still produce milk.

Cows eat corn and other grains?

Yes, cows will eat corn and other grains. They naturally eat only grass, although will also eat growing cereals if they can gain access to a field of a standing crop. They do eat (and enjoy) ground wheat or barley with ground beans/soya beans.

Is cow corn good?

No, cow corn isn't good as far as palatability is concerned (at least for human consumers, not cows: cows will readily eat "cow corn"). It is less better to eat than sweet corn, specifically created by plant breeders to meet the consumer demand for corn and its various derivatived products found on your grocery store's shelves.

Does corn flour cause fatness?

My personal experience, yes. What do farmers feed cows to get them stalky for slaughter? CORN!!!!! What do you eat to make your self stalky? CORN!!!!!

What animal eats corn?

Many different animals eat corn. Mainly farm animals will eat corn. You have cows, goats, pigs, sheep, different types of birds, ducks, geese, chickens, and of course humans.

Can cows eat corn on the cob and carrots?

They can, if they want to.

How many bushels of corn does a cow eat in a year?

Many cows in the world will eat zero bushels per year per head. Cows in the states fed a supplement of corn may only consume five to ten bushels of corn a year per head. Still others that are in a intensive commercial operation may eat anywhere from 50 to 200 bushels of corn per year, if not more, and depending on the weight, class, age, breed and type of cows being fed, as well as what other feedstuffs are fed in addition to corn.

Is corn on the cob a weed?

No. people grow crops of sweet corn, and feed corn. humans eat sweet corn (how ever they want) and cows get the feed corn. it's not a weed. but there are lots of different types of sweet corn too.

What Grains do Cows Eat?

Corn, barley, oats, rye, soybeans, beans, lentils, peas, etc.

Do cows eat corn to make the milk taste good?

AnswerNo. They eat corn because corporations have discovered that they can fatten a cow up much faster and cheaper with corn than with grass (which is their natural food). This means that these corporations can produce a lot more meat, but it also means that the cows won't be as healthy and the meat will be of a lower quality.