Mowing the Grass

 

You probably mow your grass every week or so in the summer, but have you ever thought of harvesting a corn field as mowing grass?  That’s exactly what it is because CORN IS A GRASS.  A member of the grass family, corn is the largest grass plant grown for food production and the most efficient.  It produces more nutritional energy per acre than any other cultivated crop or native pasture.  When someone says cattle should eat grass, not corn, they’re really contradicting themselves because corn is a grass.

Cattle naturally consume grains (the seeds of grass plants) when they graze cultivated or native pastures.  These grains

Corn is a member of the grass family

Corn is a member of the grass family

provide high energy nutrition for the animals.  Farmers and ranchers have imitated and perfected this natural process by growing high energy grain (grass) crops, harvesting them, and feeding them to various species of animals.  Cattle, sheep, horses, goats, pigs, chickens, etc., as well as humans benefit from the efficient production of corn and these other seed producing grass crops.  (They are referred to as cereal grains.)  Other forage crops grown and harvest include those in the legume and forbe families.  Alfalfa is an example.

Often, the whole grass plant is harvested, not just the grain, and used for feed.  It can be fed fresh, dried to use as hay or made into silage, a fermented product that is highly nutritious, palatable to cattle, and allows the corn to be preserved for later feeding.

The moral of this story is simple:  CORN IS GRASS AND COWS LIKE CORN.  Anyone who tells you different, didn’t ask a cow.  When you think about it, all cows are grass fed.