Most cows usually love eating vegetables and fruits yet they cannot eat all the fruits that humans eat, as some may be problematic to them health-wise and this may be severe. For the most part, cows eat hay although they love when given treats like corn, watermelon rinds, or apples.
Most foods that cows eat are good sources of protein which is used as the bodybuilding nutrient for cows and helps them with the production of high-quality milk. Other foods provide cows with minerals that are useful in the production of milk and the building of muscle.
On occasion though, cows love a good snack. They’ll eat just about anything but the sweet taste of in-season fruit will make them look forward to your visits to the pasture.
Cows can eat dehydrated or fresh fruits, ripe, cooked, or green. They can be either sliced, whole or with peels. Some common fruits that cows eat include:
Cows can eat all parts of a watermelon including the rind, flesh and seeds.
In fact, most cows LOVE watermelon. You can feed it a variety of ways including straight from the garden, chilled, or even frozen on very hot days.
Watermelon provides the cow with nutrients such as Vitamins A, B6, C as well as Potassium. Its water content is high and helps in getting more fluids to the cow which is especially important during hot summer weather.
Bananas are a kind of fruit that is a great source of potassium and are economical hence highly recommended fruit for the cows. Bananas usually contains large amounts of vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 and high amounts of minerals such as potassium and magnesium.
Bananas provide a real boost to the immune system of the calves.
Bananas are safe for cows to eat. Cows can eat cooked, green dehydrated, ripe, or fresh bananas. They can eat them whole or sliced and with or without peels.
Apples are safe to feed to cows and are rich in vitamin B-6, thiamin, riboflavin, and potassium. Apples fed to cows should be regulated and feeding of too much apples should be avoided because they may cause bloating or choking.
Usually, cows are fed on fallen apples and sometimes the half-fermented apples in order to reduce the risk of bloated stomach. The apples can either be mashed or broken into small pieces for best feeding. Feeding your cows fermented apples aids proper digestion and regulates stomach pH.
Carrots are great for a cow’s diet since they contain butter oil, a fat-soluble antioxidant source that provides essential beta carotene. Carrots are also an excellent source of fiber and protein, and they are rich in potassium, calcium, and iron.
Carrots also provide vitamins that support healthy development in cows including Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Vitamin A.
Remember to feed carrots to your cows at ground level. Cows are predisposed to choking, and the carrots’ shape and texture can make them difficult to chew and swallow properly if fed differently.
Cows can eat mango in a number of forms: peels, dried, fresh, fallen from a tree, ensiled…they can even eat the seeds. Mango peels include a number of beneficial vitamins and nutrients but can also retain pesticides on the surface. Be sure to consider where your mangoes were grown and how they were treated before feeding the peels to your cows.
Mangoes are high in sugar content and can provide extra energy when mixed in feed.
Feeding cows oranges helps integrate fiber in their diet while also supporting proper antimicrobial growth in their digestive tract. Orange peels contain essential oils, such as d-limonene, that support healthy digestion and kill off harmful bacteria.
Oranges also contain large amounts of Vitamin C and are a source of thiamine, potassium, and folate.
Cows love pineapple and can eat the entire fruit…including the top and right down through the rind. Pineapples have a high sugar content and should be fed to cows in moderation as part of a balanced diet. Make sure to always use fresh pineapple – canned pineapple contains too many processed and added sugars.
In addition to the above-mentioned fruits, some other fruits cows can eat are kiwi, plum, strawberry, grapefruits, pumpkin, raspberries, grape, tomato, pear.
Fruits That Are Not Safe For Cows
Cherry: Cherries, especially wild cherries, are dangerous to cows. Cherries and cherry trees naturally produce high levels of cyanide which is toxic to cows. When planning on cow grazing pastures, you can reduce risk by cutting back cherry trees to prevent accidental consumption.
Apricots: Apricots are also unsafe to feed to cows. Apricots are also associated with cyanide poisoning. While the tree, branches, and leaves are all known toxin producers, the pit or stone in the apricot has also been found to contain the toxin. Cyanide deprives animals of oxygen and can often lead to death.
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