Cows across the world feed on different varieties of grains, typically corn in North America, while a small percentage eat grasses and forage. There is no such thing as a wild cow, meaning that every cow consumes a regulated diet according to the properties the rancher seeks to give the beef.Continue Reading
Because of the way cows digest their food through four different stomachs, different grains are processed through a cow's body in unique ways affecting its muscle growth and altering its flavor ever so slightly. The vast majority of cows in America eat a heavy amount of grains, specifically corn, after their first year. This gives the meat a favorable amount of fat marbling that translates to richer flavors and a more tender texture.
Grass-fed beef, on the other hand, comprises less than 3 percent of the market. These cows spend their entire lives from birth to butcher consuming grasses. The meat is considered to be healthier, as it has less saturated fat and more beta carotene and omega-3 fatty acids. The reduced amount of fat marbling tends to make grass-fed beef hard to prepare. It dries out quickly, rendering the meat chewy and stringy. Taste is a matter of preference, but in one culinary blind taste test, judges concluded that grain-fed and grass-fed beef both had their finer points and weakness.Learn more about Barnyard Mammals
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.Full Answer >
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 >
House Sparrows, the most common type of sparrow, primarily eat livestock feed, such as wheat, corn and oats, cereal grains, weed seeds and insects. Although the House Sparrow was brought to the United States from Europe in 1850 to help control insects, it was discovered that insects comprise only about 4 percent of its diet. Still, these birds are helpful in controlling such pests as moths, cotton caterpillars and cabbage worms.Full Answer >
Small freshwater fish typically eat vegetation, insects, larvae, leeches, shrimp and dead or decaying matter, and small saltwater fish, called forage or feed fish, eat plankton. The tiny American herring eats small and larval shrimp as do both Atlantic and Pacific cod.Full Answer >