While bulls eat the same diet of grains and grass that cows do, bulls used for rodeo competitions eat a high protein diet supplemented with vitamin B12. Cattle are fed with feedstuffs, a mix of roughage, oilseeds, grains and by-products, such as corn and bakery waste.Know More
For roughage, cattle are usually fed hay, silage and grass. Silage refers to preserved, partially fermented grass or maize. Roughage makes up the bulk of their diet, providing fiber and filler but relatively little caloric energy. It is balanced out by grains, usually corn, barley or oats. As cattle age, their diets include more grain to help them gain weight before being sold on the market. Cattle get the bulk of their protein from oilseeds such as soybeans and canola meal.
The amount and composition that a cow or bull eats depends on the animal's age, weight and lifestyle. Beef cattle are fed to maximize weight gain, while rodeo bulls are kept in peak physical condition. However, rodeo bulls are typically still butchered. In Spain, some restaurants serve bull meat, qualifying that the beef comes from bulls that are removed from the selection process. Because the bulls are killed regardless of the demand for meat, the beef is sold at a low price.Learn more about Barnyard Mammals
Horses primarily eat hay and grass, with grains like corn or oats added for extra calories. Horses are also provided with salt, either added into a concentrate mix of grains, flax seed, beet pulp, bran and molasses or separately as a salt block in the pasture. Horses also receive treats in the form of apples, carrots and sugar. Some horses occasionally enjoy a bite of meat.Full Answer >
Cows can get aggressive and attack people if they are feeling threatened. Cows are listed among the top 11 animals most likely to kill you, even more likely than rattlesnakes, spiders and horses.Full Answer >
In the past, nose rings were a method of controlling bulls because they were dangerous to the handlers. As time went on, it became customary to only use nose rings on bulls led by a halter. Nose rings are unnecessary for bulls that are not led.Full Answer >
Cows lie down to ruminate, a process that increases their milk production. Cows can lie down for up to 14 hours a day, although only a half an hour of that time is spent sleeping.Full Answer >