Back to Basics: Ruminant Digestive System

This will be a series of posts that will discuss some basic information about beef cattle production that would apply to anyone raising beef. The first post in the series will focus on the ruminant digestive system. The unique digestive system of cattle allows them to digest feeds other livestock cannot, however it is also responsible for reduced feed efficiency compared to other livestock species such as poultry or swine. In order to understand how we may improve feed efficiency and reduce feed costs, it is important to understand how the digestive system works.

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