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August 18, 2015

Did you know?

FAQ_CowDigestion

 

Did you know, cows have a single stomach, but four different digestive compartments. The four compartments consist of the following:

  • Rumen is the largest compartment, and it contains billions of bacteria, protozoa, molds, and yeasts.
  • Reticulum, with its honeycomb like lining, is a compartment of the stomach that is involved with rumination. It also acts as a trap for foreign objects ingested by the cow.
  • Omasum is also known as “the book” or many piles because of its many leaf-like folds. It functions as the gateway to the abomasum, filtering large particles back to the reticulorumen and allowing fine particles and fluid to be passed to the abomasum.
  • Abomasum is also known as the “true stomach.” It functions much like the human stomach producing acid and some enzymes to start protein digestion.
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