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What do Cows eat in Minecraft?

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In the Minecraft world, players can often feel alone. However, they’re not. The game is full of violent and peaceful mobs to keep the player engaged. Out of the peaceful mobs, cows are amongst the most common in-game.

They’re also a great source of food and milk. However, if you’re looking to keep your cows breeding and well, you’re going to have to feed them. In this article, we’re going over what cows eat in Minecraft.

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Cows in Minecraft

As mentioned above, cows are a peaceful mob that is also a source of food and milk to the player. However, cows are only interested in the following two items when it comes to eating.

  • Grass
  • Wheat

When roaming around in the overworld biome, cows will eat all the grass they can find on any dirt blocks around where they spawn. Since cows can’t eat wheat lying on the ground, a good strategy to feed your cows would be to just keep them in a fence with grass. 

What do Cows eat in Minecraft?
Grass is the most common food for cows.

If you’re looking to feed your cows wheat, you’re going to have to do that on your own. Cows can’t eat wheat lying on the ground or growing nearby; they can only take that through the player’s hands. Feeding wheat to cows also puts them in the mood for breeding. Putting two cows in breeding mode will produce a baby cow, giving players some XP for breeding animals. 

What do Cows eat in Minecraft?
Cows and sheep love wheat alike.

However, since only a specific number of mobs can spawn in a given area in Minecraft, if your pen, farm or stable is full from cow breeding, they won’t eat any more wheat. Note that cows won’t eat wheat in their breeding cooldown period, which lasts about five minutes. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

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