As a child at the age of 5 years old we often visited my grand-father's farm and worked on it too! The reason why cows are constantly chewing their cud is because they only chew their food only enough to swallow it, and once they swallow it, their stomach sends it back up into the cows mouth and and the cow rechews the food as a cud, then the food is absorbed where it goes through a chemical breakdown and from the stomach it goes to the intestine where further absorption are completed! Also they have four compartments to their stomachs and they are the rumen,the reticulum,the omasum,and the abomasum! The abomasum is called the true stomach!
Any cow (or bull, for that matter) that did not chew the cud would lose lots of weight, be less productive of methane gas, and would have a very sore rear end.
cows are not the only animals that chew cud, goats also do, and it is to further along the digestive process.
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