The first winter that I had the cattle, I hadn't bought anything for bedding, but we are a voracious reading family and I was BURIED under newspaper. I tore the black and white sheets into strips and put it out on the slab. It rapidly disappeared and I figured out that the calves were eating it. They were only six months old at that time, and I had been reading enough to figure out that I might be really messing up their digestive tracts.... so I broke down and bought straw for bedding. From time to time, I still put out newspaper for them to munch on...more like a treat than a meal, to be sure. My husband said that there had been a man experimenting with feeding cattle newspaper in the feedlots. Has anyone ever heard of his results? Why are the cattle enjoying the newspaper? What am I doing to them... allowing them to eat this "treat".