The cow is a ruminant herbivore. It has the special characteristic of being able to produce milk on the basis of its feed (grass, feed corn, alfalfa…), which constitutes 90% of its nutritional intake. The remaining 10% is made up of “concentrates”, which are made up entirely of mineral and vegetal products: grains, oilseed and protein crops, vitamins and minerals, and as much water as it wants.
These different types of foods vary according to the season, region and climate. No animal bonemeal, nor any anabolic or antibiotics additives are used in feeding the cows, in accordance with regulations that ban their use.
A French dairy cow consumes between 50 and 80 kg of food per day, on average..