How to Feed Carrots to Cattle

By Annabeth Kaine

Raw root-vegetables lend energy and nutrition to livestock when used properly. When you supplement the dietary needs of your cattle with fresh vegetables, look for veggies that contain little-to-no pesticides. Carrots, unlike onions, will not cause milk to sour in dairy cattle. Fresh carrots are an acceptable way to add nutrition and energy to your cow's diet.


Step 1

Calculate the cost of the carrots on an energy-versus-water basis. When you pay for feed, you are paying for dry material. Fresh produce contains water; However, carrots offer a substantial amount of energy versus water.

Step 2

Store fresh carrots for two to three weeks before feeding them to your cattle. Eating too many fresh carrots at once can cause a condition called "scouring," according to Primary Industries and Resources SA. Store fresh carrots in an airtight container.

Step 3

Feed your cattle at ground level to prevent choking. Hold the carrots low to the ground, if you are hand-feeding your cows or place the carrots into a low feed trough or on the ground. Cows can die from choking, if fed from the wrong height.

Step 4

Do not feed your cows more than 35 pounds of carrots per day, and do not feed your cows only carrots.