Feed additives in beef farming

We already talked about how beef farmers use antibiotics to keep their animals healthy. In cattle, almost all antibiotics need to be given by an injection because the rumen microbes (bacteria and protozoa) will break down most of the antibiotics we use in animals. There are a few exceptions, however. One type …

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The other three parts

We started last week talking about how cows have 4 parts to their stomach, and then we talked about the first part, the rumen. The other three parts of the stomach are still important, but a lot less exciting. Let’s review…

Rumination is not just for thinking

You may have used (or heard) the word “ruminate,” meaning to think about something. “I’m going to ruminate on that a little more before I make my decision.” Or the phrase “chew it over,” also talking about taking some more time to think about something. Did you know those terms …

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Cows are ruminants

What the heck does that mean? Well, basically it means that they have a rumen. So do sheep and goats. And what the heck is a rumen? You’ve probably heard that cows have four stomachs. That’s sort of right, but not exactly right. They have four compartments, and the last one …

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