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Q: Cows Taste Buds ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Cows Taste Buds
Category: Science > Agriculture and Farming
Asked by: jezzy-ga
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Posted: 27 Apr 2006 07:33 PDT
Expires: 27 May 2006 07:33 PDT
Question ID: 723339
How many taste buds do cows have?
Subject: Re: Cows Taste Buds
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 27 Apr 2006 08:13 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Jezzy!

According to my findings below, cows have between 25,000 and 35,000 taste buds.

The Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health, by R.D. Linda Richards
states that cows have 25,000 taste buds.


"According to Yale University researchers, some people are genetically
programmed to have more taste buds and, as a result, taste more
flavors in a particular food. (The number of taste buds varies in
different animal species. For example cows have 25,000 taste buds,
rabbits 17,000, and adult people approximately 10,000.) In general, a
person's ability to taste can lie anywhere in a spectrum from poor to
exceptional, with the ability to sense tastes increasing in proportion
to the number of taste buds present. The difference in the number of
taste buds can be extreme. Researchers have found anywhere from 11 to
1,100 taste buds per square inch in various young people tested. They
have also found that women tend to have more taste buds than men."


Cows have 25,000 taste buds.

eNotes: Encyclopedia of Nursing

Book Rags


"Cattle, with 25,000 taste buds, are the bloodhound equivalent in the
taste department."

FDA Consumer: Nov, 1991


Cows have 35,000 taste buds.

Sensory Physiology 
The Department of Zoology, Miami University


Distribution of taste buds on fungiform and circumvallate papillae of
bovine tongue.

The distribution of taste buds on the fungiform and circumvallate
papillae of the cow tongue has been determined. The two tongues
studied were from Holstein-Friesian cows four to six years of age;
they contained 14,765 and 21,691 taste buds, respectively. The tip of
the tongue is well supplied with fungiform papillae, and the posterior
portion contains the circumvallate papillae. The midportion of the
tongue contains relatively few taste papillae. The fungiform papillae
contained 1,580 and 1,838 taste buds on the two tongues, respectively,
and the circumvallate papillae were estimated to contain 13,185 and
19,853 taste buds."

PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE
November 1991

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I hope this helps!

Best regards, 
jezzy-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $4.00

Subject: Re: Cows Taste Buds
From: myoarin-ga on 27 Apr 2006 14:33 PDT
Considering the relative size of bovine and human tongues, I reckon
that we humans have a greater concentration of taste buds, certainly
entirely adequate for the purpose.  And what is the purpose?  I expect
that originally it was to help us avoid poisoning ourselves:  allowing
us to recognize and detest bitter poisons, reject too much salt,
sweets and peppery hot substances.  For cows and  other mammels, they
probably serve the same purpose, perhaps for cows and othr ruminants,
allowing them a second control when they chew their cuds.
Subject: Re: Cows Taste Buds
From: bobbie7-ga on 28 Apr 2006 07:38 PDT
Thank you very much for the five star rating and nice tip!

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