The Remarkable Ruminant Digestive System

Cows are notorious for chewing their cud, but did you know this is actually a key part of their digestive process? This chewing of cud, also called “ruminating,” is one feature of an interesting and complex digestive system that allows cows to extract all of the necessary nutrients from their food. Ruminants such as cattle, […]

Teacher‚ Scientist‚ and Food-Animal Veterinarian — The Many Sides of Kevin Washburn

Dr. Kevin Washburn, a professor in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM) Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS), wears many hats. As a specialist in large animal internal medicine and surgery, he serves the needs  of his ailing veterinary patients; as a faculty member, he mentors veterinary students and […]

Pot-bellied Pigs

Unlike their barnyard brethren, pot-bellied pigs are commonly found as pampered pets living indoors with their owners these days. Native to the country of Vietnam, a full grown potbellied pig averages roughly around 120 to 150 pounds. “A good candidate for owning a pot-bellied pig, as with any pet, is someone who has time to […]

Cattle’s Summer Needs

This year, many southern states in the nation, especially Texas, are experiencing the worst drought on record. Several farmers may resort to sell their cattle to keep their farms afloat during these hard economic and dry times. According to Dr. Kevin Washburn, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences […]


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