Q&A: The term ‘hay belly’ – what does it mean or what is the cause?

Q&A:   The term ‘hay belly’ – what does it mean or what is the cause?

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

A:   Hay-belly is a slang term used in the beef cattle for an animal who’s stomach (rumen) is appears very full at all times. These animals are not bloated as the fullness or distended area is not just on the left-side of the animal.

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