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Originally posted by davespanners
reply to post by DerepentLEstranger
I did think of the article on Bees posted earlier in the week when I first read this. It really does seem that something has gone drastically wrong with the whole food supply chain.
Is it the greed of the Farmers or of the stores buying the product demanding everything cheaper and cheaper or our own fault for wanting more and more for less and less all the time?
I think it's a combination of all of the above.
Originally posted by superman2012
reply to post by davespanners
I work with a guy that has cattle. I know nothing about it so I quiz him all the time as I find it interesting. I ask him what they eat. He says, "whatever is out there with a little barley, and alfalfa because they like it.". Now he does give them mineral salt licks and shots for diseases, but other than that, pretty natural food. It seems that if it is growing in the ground, and they like it, it is most likely healthy for them.
On a side note, it doesn't cost much once you have the cattle. They keep reproducing, which makes you more money. There is a lady that lives near here that sold 400 head of cattle to China. If you don't feed them junk, they don't need as much upkeep. That much I have understood from my questions anyways.
Edit: To the cost question:
He also is a grain farmer, so he will plant a section of land with enough for the cattle (barley, alfalfa, etc.) and keep what he needs for the winter. So I don't think he would be doing it if he wasn't making money.edit on 23-9-2012 by superman2012 because: (no reason given)
Once upon a time, cows lived in pastures and grazed on grass, living a life that was as quiet and peaceful as their bovine nature. But then, somebody discovered that feeding cattle cheap, subsidized corn would fatten them up two to three times as fast as grass and that you could raise hundreds of cattle in the same pastoral space that would only support a few. Thus began the era of modern feedlot cattle.