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MOMENT WITH AN EXPERT: 8 Facts You May Not Know About Cows

KINGSVILLE - July 11, 2014

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979


Associate Professor and Interim Dean of the Honors College Dr. Kim McCuistion and Professor Randy Stanko teach in the Department of Animal, Rangeland & Wildlife Science. Here they share a few facts about cattle.

  • Cattle have a 4-chambered digestive system, the last being most similar to humans.
  • Cattle have a 9-month gestation, similar to humans.
  • A cow can climb up the stairs, but cannot climb down. This is because her knees cannot bend properly.
  • An average cow has more than 40,000 jaw movements in a day.
  • Cows usually spend 6-7 hours in day grazing and around 8 hours chewing its cud.
  • Cows do not bite grass; rather they curl their tongue around it and tear.
  • Cows can produce up to 125 lbs. (15-16 gallons) of saliva a day.
  • A 1,000-1,200 pound steer will produce 502 lbs. of lean beef (31% steaks, 31% roasts, 38% ground and stew meat).

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