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Why Do Cows Eat Afterbirth ?

Cows eat the placenta to get nutrients that are needed for milk production. The cow does this because it has a nutritional deficiency in its diet, and it needs these minerals to produce milk.

The most important mineral that is lacking in the diet of a dairy cow is copper. Copper is essential for many functions and without it, your cow will not be able to produce adequate amounts of milk. Some other minerals that are important are iodine, iron and selenium.

When a calf is born, it receives all of these nutrients through its mother’s milk. When the calf weans from its mother’s milk supply however, it loses access to these nutrients which can lead to health issues such as metabolic disease or infertility if not addressed.

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Last modified: August 14, 2022

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