Grass Fed beef and lamb are becoming quite common it would seem. Having 4 stomachs, one in particular called the rumen, helps makes this possible for those animals. This rumen is something that pigs chickens, turkeys lack. Its purpose in a cow is to host a mind boggling abundance of beneficial bacteria, which break down some of the fibers in grass and transform them into usable nutrition. Not having a rumen is a significant disadvantage for those of us hell bent on raising pigs on as much grass as possible. I have been told numerous times by very learned professors and state agricultural experts that pigs cannot eat grass and profit from the experience. They have apparently not read the same literature that my pigs have. Over the years we have tried numerous strategies wherein we ask our pigs to support themselves in part on forages. In most cases they succeed with flying colors.
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