Inside the Complex Stomach of Cows: Infographic

It’s back to High School biology today for our Friday Fun Ag Fact. When most people are asked what the difference is between a cow and a human you hear things like: udder, four legs, and a tail. But one of the largest differences is that cows have a ruminant digestive system. According to Wikipedia, ruminants are mammals that are able to acquire nutrients from plant-based food by fermenting it in a specialized stomach prior to digestion, principally through bacterial actions. The process typically requires the fermented ingesta (known as cud) to be regurgitated and chewed again. The process of rechewing the cud to further break down plant matter and stimulate digestion is called rumination. Joining cattle in this unique digestive system are such animals as sheep, goats, bison, deer, elk, reindeer, and giraffes.

Check out the infographic below from to learn all about the Rumination Station.

Friday Fun Ag Fact from ProAg: Follow the Ruminant Digestive Path in Rumination Station Infographic

Source: by Lisa Munniksma; Infographic text by Rachael Brugger

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