Cud chewing helps keep the rumen from becoming too acidic.

Cud chewing helps keep the rumen from becoming too acidic.

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN

Cud chewing is an essential part of what makes a ruminant a ruminant. The rumen is this giant fermentation vat where microorganisms break down parts of forages that simple-stomached animals can’t digest. These microorganisms also allow ruminants to utilize nonprotein nitrogen (urea) to manufacture protein.

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