What do oxen eat?


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Oxen are herbivores, meaning that they eat a diet of plants and grains. Domesticated oxen eat fresh grasses as well as hay and grain supplements. Wild oxen, such as musk-oxen, live in the Arctic tundra and eat roots, moss and lichens.

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Domestic oxen begin working as early as four years of age. They are castrated because steers are easier for teamsters to work with than bulls. Wild musk-oxen dig through the snow with their hooves to reach food. They have long, shaggy hair that is well-adapted to freezing temperatures. They live in packs of two or three dozen to guard against wolves.

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