2ab6415f5f20b8fe1d34a94c7be85e6a
1

Do cows eat legumes?

by (1353)
Updated about 17 hours ago
Created August 20, 2011 at 8:06 AM

I ask because there was a person selling what he claimed to be 100% grassfed meat and when i asked him what they ate he mentioned legumes. Are legumes bad for cows?

Medium avatar
10176 · August 21, 2011 at 1:23 PM

I come from an area where cows were fed pea hay and silage. There was no doubt a lot of pod-eating going on.

Medium avatar
10176 · August 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Most cows don't live in the wild. They're dumb enough to eat poisonous plants, so would not avoid nutritious clover and alfalfa. In the winter grass-fed cattle will be in a barn eating hay. Because of its high protein content alfalfa hay is one of the best (and most expensive) feeds.

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89
3443 · August 20, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Exactly, I think the confusion comes from assuming that legumes means soy, like the feed often used in "factory farm" raised beef, when it could very well mean alfalfa or clover.

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e
3914 · August 20, 2011 at 8:54 AM

However, they eat the entire plant before it goes to seed, so it's not what we usually think of as legumes in human food, where we're usually eating the seed or the pod and seed.

Total Views
1.1K

Recent Activity
79fc447191de75e7c178951594a43f13

Last Activity
66D AGO

Followers
0

Get Free Paleo Recipes Instantly

3 Answers

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89
6
3443 · August 20, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Legumes include alfalfa and clover. Here is some info from the following link:

"Legumes can be a valuable part of a cattle feeding program. In fact, legumes can actually improve animal performance by encouraging intake, by providing greater feed efficiency and by fostering a better use of forage nitrogen content."

http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex6516

Medium avatar
10176 · August 21, 2011 at 1:23 PM

I come from an area where cows were fed pea hay and silage. There was no doubt a lot of pod-eating going on.

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89
3443 · August 20, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Exactly, I think the confusion comes from assuming that legumes means soy, like the feed often used in "factory farm" raised beef, when it could very well mean alfalfa or clover.

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e
3914 · August 20, 2011 at 8:54 AM

However, they eat the entire plant before it goes to seed, so it's not what we usually think of as legumes in human food, where we're usually eating the seed or the pod and seed.

Ff37161b496b37a83d5f2b9d2ba2b876
2
36 · August 20, 2011 at 7:54 PM

A certain amount of legumes will most likely grow in any complex natural pastureland. That doesn't mean they are the kind that produce big fat seed pods like lima beans or soy. Like the previous poster said, alfalfa, clover and other legumes found in the wild are certainly healthy for grazing animals. If they weren't they would eat around them.

Medium avatar
10176 · August 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Most cows don't live in the wild. They're dumb enough to eat poisonous plants, so would not avoid nutritious clover and alfalfa. In the winter grass-fed cattle will be in a barn eating hay. Because of its high protein content alfalfa hay is one of the best (and most expensive) feeds.

79fc447191de75e7c178951594a43f13
1
448 · August 21, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Legumes such as clover are good eating for cattle. They are high in protein and magnesium.

Answer Question

Login to Your PaleoHacks Account

Get Free Paleo Recipes