Field Frame Friday: Tooth fairy or (moo)th fairy?

Cattle don’t have upper incisors, so they chew by grinding feed between their bottom teeth and tough upper dental pad. This calf was born with her milk teeth (“baby teeth”) which will eventually be replaced by permanent incisors as she ages. As of yet, no research has demonstrated evidence of a cow tooth fairy…

[Photo and caption by Blair Downey]


Church, D. C. 1969. Ingestion and mastication of feed. In Digestive Physiology and Nutrition of Ruminants, vol 1. Digestive Physiology. Corvallis, OR, O & B Books, p. 46.

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