The ruminants have escaped!
Click on the ruminants to put them back into the pen
HINT: think about what ruminants eat
Sorry, this is
not a ruminant
An average cow weighs
That is nearly the same
Weight as a sailboat!
A cow will eat about 50kg
of food per day.
That is over the average weight of a 10 year
Hover your mouse over the cows to learn some fun facts
A cow will drink up to
30-50 gallons of water a day.
That is nearly the same amount as 150 bottles of water a day!
A calf only uses one stomach,
Once a calf starts eating food instead of drinking milk, the other stomachs are used.
When the cow first swallows their food
it is stored in the first stomach.
This stomach is called the Rumen.
In the Rumen, the food is made into small balls
Throughout the day the cow will burp up these
small balls, chew it, then swallow it again.
Click the grass to turn it into cud
Hint: Click Jen to learn more
Click on Sally to start your journey through
a ruminants stomach
OR click one of the other options
My name is Sally
Hi team! My name is Jen.
Click on me when you see me on your screen as I will be helping you on your journey through a
What is a ruminant?
A ruminant is a
Why do they need four stomachs?
Ruminants need four stomachs to be able to break down the tough and raw food that they eat.
The most common foods that ruminants eat are grass, hay and grains.
The food travels to the fourth and final stomach,
The Abomasum breaks down any remaining food
to soak up any remaining good bits for the cow.
These good bits will travel to where the cow
makes milk, the udder.
Click the objects for Sally to soak up
the food and good bits
The food passes through the third stomach,
The Omasum soaks up water and all the good bits
to keep the cow healthy.
Click the cud and good bits to see
how the Omasum works
Click the cud and plastic to see how the
When the small balls of cud are swallowed again
it travels to the second stomach,
The Reticulum will store any non-food objects
before it moves to the next stomach.
You finished your journey through
a ruminants stomach.
Click here to reveal your prize.