Aside from the natural tendency to eat whatever is available when necessary, I wonder if it is possible that the old practice of feeding them unusable
parts from meat processing (the stuff that not even Oscar Meyer wanted) we encouraged the taste for meat.
My grandpa used to have a horse that would chew up and spit out chicks if it got the chance. The first time he saw it it tried to rap the horse on the
nose to tell it no, but all he accomplished was breaking his hand when the animal suddenly turned and my grandpa hit nothing but skull.
Cows will eat anything, just like goats. Grass, weeds, nails, bolts, rocks, whatever. Farmers make them eat magnets I think incase they eat sharp
metal so it wont go through their intestines and kill them.
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