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what can you feed farm cattle as a treat?

by cattlefarmer on July 15, 2009

fireprincess010 asked:

I have 4 farm cows near my home and I like to bring them something for treats. My son loves to stop and pet them. I have no idea what to bring for treats? Help

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Henry G July 21, 2009 at 12:06 am

apples carots

sity.cent July 22, 2009 at 12:48 am

If they are not your cows you shouldn’t be feeding them at all. Don’t you dare feed my animals anything without my permission. Thats a no no.

teresar1975 July 23, 2009 at 5:44 am

You can get “sweet feed” from your local farm store. It’s really inexpensive and once the cows know that you have a handful on hand, they will actually come quickly for that treat. We have a huge herd of cattle and it’s the best way that we can get them all to come to us in order to do a true head count!! They are really sweet animals given the chance (of course there are some exceptions!! be cautious of those) Good luck!! **smiles**

alamahara July 23, 2009 at 5:54 pm

I’m not even remotely kidding when I tell you this…my dad works for Clover Farms Dairy…the guys from the Tastey Cake Co. bring by leftover cupcakes and things that are out of date and give them to the cows to eat…been going on for years. I suppose it is an unhealthy treat, just as it is an unhealthy treat for humans but it won’t kill them.

mandy July 24, 2009 at 5:29 am


No, really.

I saw on animal planet a dairy farm that got candy factory rejects and mixed in the stuff with the cow’s food. I distinctly remember seeing cows with red/green worms hanging out of their mouths.

silvaspurranch76401 July 24, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Before you start to give treats to another persons animals- check with them first. They may not like their cattle to be touched, their cattle may have allergies, or may be on a strict diet. Also I don’t allow people to feed my steers or bulls from their hand- male cattle are naturally territorial and pushy. If they get use to treats they may start charging their owners in search for treats that they may never find.

If the owners give the all clear to go ahead and give them treats- ask for a few suggestions. Most cattle owners have cattle cubes on their property and would prefer that their cattle are fed that instead of a foreign food to their digestive tract. I leave cattle cubes out in a bin for children that come to my ranch for lessons to feed to my heifers. The children love the feel of their tongues and my cattle get a treat.

amishpantry July 26, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Bread. Cows love bread!

Molpatrol July 29, 2009 at 12:05 am

There are not any real cow “treats” like you would feed horses apples. Our cows like grain, such as barley. You might want to check with their owner before you start feeding them “treats”. They might be on some sort of diet. We have a feeding system for our dairy cattle. Some foods can be tasted in their milk.

Farmers are pretty friendly and know their animals. Talk to your neighbours that own the cows.

calfgirl04 August 1, 2009 at 7:01 am

Always make sure you check with the owner of any livestock before feeding them anything. As a dairy farmer, i don’t mind if people come up and try to give me cows grass or some sweet feed (provided they get that from me) only becuase i can give them what is already part of my ladies diets. Giving them anything that they are not used to can make them sick and some feeds can have residues in them that like in my case dairy cattle may pass through into their milk and could end up costing me, the farmer, lots of money if it is not approved or safe to be in milk.
Most farmers are really nice and if there are only 4 cows, the farmer most likely wouldn’t mind, but please ask them. They may even be able to give you something to give them
Good Luck and hope you and your son get the see the cows alot.

B.B. August 3, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Farmers give their livestock salt blocks, so you can just get salt blocks and let them lick them in your hand.

chicken duck November 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I want to give our cows healthy treats t calm them down.. any suggestions?

ashley November 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm

i show heifers at our county fair and all of my cows have always loved candycanes. plus it calm them down if they’re under any stress

Maggie December 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm

DO NOT FEED OTHER PEOPLE’S CATTLE! May upset the owners, as well as the cattle. Yes, it is cute, but JUST DON’T!

court April 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm

It is VERY important that you do not feed cattle without talking to their owners first. Even something as simple as grass can cause deadly conditions even if it isn’t a toxic variety. For instance if you feed cattle that are on a primarily grain diet alfalfa grass which is a common grass used for hay they can bloat and die. Most cattle, especially if they are livestock and not hobby farm animals are on very strict diets. If the owner gives the go-ahead beets are always a great and usually safe treat!

Linda September 9, 2011 at 4:06 am

I have 2 pet cows they are so spoiled they love marsh mellows and cookies just like kids
I also feed them carrots and raw potatoes I cut up the carrots and potatoes they love it and I enjoy spoiling them it is in the food budget!!
They were both on there death bed when I got them. They would never win a beauty award but they are great fun !! Who Knew??? They would make such great pets!!

Linda September 9, 2011 at 4:10 am

They love tomatoes and carrots and oranges

narissa April 16, 2012 at 1:43 am

DO NOT give anything that might contain gelatin like gummy worms or most candies … some farms may feed them but it is NOT a good idea to do so , gelatin is a product produced from cow and pig parts, what many people dont realize is that feeding cows products that contain cow parts/products is what causes Mad Cow disease. It is a type of Prion disease which Prions diseases are caused by cannibalism, which IS what it is when you feed things like gummy worms that contain gelatin to cows.

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