How Many Stomachs Does A Cow Have?
Many people who’ve never been near a dairy farm have heard that cows have four stomachs. One of the most common questions dairy farmers are asked is “How many stomachs does a cow have?”
So, do cows really have four stomachs?
YES AND NO
Cows technically only have one stomach, but it has four distinct compartments made up of Rumen, Reticulum, Omasum and Abomasum. It is very different than a human stomach. That’s why people often say that cows have four stomachs.
Parts of a cow’s stomach:
Rumen – This is the first part of the cow’s stomach. It helps break down complex plant products like grass.
Reticulum – Here the food mixes with the cow’s saliva and produces cud. Cows burp up the cud into their mouths and chew it to help break it down more. When you see a cow that looks like she is chomping on bubble gum, really she is chewing her cud.
Omasum – Here all the water is absorbed out of the food.
Abomasum – Here is where the food is finally digested, similar to what happens in a human stomach.
What exactly is it that goes into cows’ stomachs?
Cows are fed a mix of corn silage, hay silage, grain (corn), distillers grains, and soy bean meal. On our farm, we grow the corn, wheat and hay that goes into our cows’ feed.
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that is realy cool
This was very interesting and helpful. To be perfectly honest I looked up this question because I was watching a game show a the this was an answer, I knew it wasn’t one but I thought it was three. It was interesting to find out why the cows have four different compartments. Thank you for this information blog 😀
Thank you for the info! Very interesting
Thank you for the information! We were trying to figure out how a cows digestive system works!
Thanks for the clear explanation. I guess you could say it’s easily digested.
excellent explanation thanks
Many many thanks to those who breed cows and take good care of them.
So…do they have four stomachs or not?
Thank you for the information my students were amazed with the special abilities of the cow’s stomach. Another wonders of God Jehovah’s creation. Again thank you and God bless.
Good Short Article and focused on what the title says. Keep writing!
Cud not have been easier to play udderstand.
No,they don’t have four stomachs.They have one stomach comprising four different compartments!
You have four stomachs
this is interesting!!
no, humans only have one stomach, but is connected to the small intestine and large intestine.
Oh yes, the wonders of the creation of the Flying Spaghetti Monster are beyond our imagination! What He toucheth with His Holy Noodly Appendage, becomes miraculous!
I must be part cow! When I finally finished dinner, I always have room for Dessert! Now I know why, I’m part cow. It goes into my other stomach!! MOO-MOO EVERYBODY’!!
What about the bulls?
Does buffalbo or any other animal has similar stomuch?
It also helped me .. someone told me that a cow has four stomach but i was not sure..so this helped me .thank u so much
Pound for pound, there’s more sugar in a lemon than a strawberry
They said that in the article
thanks i needed to do reserch for school
I think its gross how one of the Steps for eating is THROWING UP
But the good part is were not Cows
Thanks really needed this research for school! And I needed accurate information because it is mandatory for everybody to write on the same topic! This was very greatly appreciated, thank you!
This is great information thanks!
ya your right it really is!
Omg stomachs have four cows???? Thank you so much love you