Field Frame Friday: Toothy and goofy!


Here is a Jersey calf showing us her gigantic bottom teeth! Luckily she will grow into these over time. 

Ruminant animals, like cows, don’t have upper incisors like many other animals, and instead have what is called a dental pad. This pad helps the cows to pinch the grass from the ground. The combination of the dental pad and tongue makes a very efficient system for grazing. 

Eubanks, D. L. (2012). Dental Considerations in Cows and Goats. Journal of Veterinary Dentistry29(3), 200–203. https://doi.org/10.1177/089875641202900314

[Photo and caption by Isabelle Mcdonald-Gilmartin]

[Edited by Maggie Creamer]

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