posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 08:07 AM
Originally posted by davespanners
This is one of those stories I literally could not believe when I read it, but I've checked my calendar and it isn't April fools so I'm going to
guess it's true.
As the worst drought in half a century has ravaged this year's U.S. corn crop and driven corn prices sky high, the market for alternative feed
rations for beef and dairy cows has also skyrocketed. Brokers are gathering up discarded food products and putting them out for the highest bid to
feed lot operators and dairy producers, who are scrambling to keep their animals fed. In the mix are cookies, gummy worms, marshmallows, fruit
loops, orange peels, even dried cranberries. Cattlemen are feeding virtually anything they can get their hands on that will replace the starchy sugar
content traditionally delivered to the animals through corn
This has to qualify as one of the most insane things I've read in a while, I'm not going to pretend I'm a Bovine nutrition expert but if I were
going to put together a list of things that might be good for a Cow to eat then Marshmallows wouldn't be on it, I wonder if they have thought of
trying something crazy like feeding the Cows Grass before resorting to cookies?
For anyone with any knowledge of farming I would like to know what exactly did Farmers feed cows before the massive subsidies on corn came about and
why don't they go back to that now?
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I only read the first page and didn't see this addressed.
Former farmer from Illinois here. We raised hogs when I was little and cattle, amongst other things, but those were the big two.
It has been common practice for at least 20 YEARS here in Illinois, for cookie and cereal factories, to sell their "waste" to local farmers for
feed. Now this waste could be finished product such as "Fruit Loops" and the only thing wrong with it was, let's say, too many of one color Fruit
Loop in the box. So quality control at the plant decides it doesn't meet standards(though it tastes perfectly fine) and it is thrown out.
Cattle and hogs that are "feeders", mostly eat a grain diet/high calorie. These animals are fattened up at an accelerated rate, so you folks can eat
Other farmers do use grass, alfalfa,hay and/or a combination diet with some corn/soy products mixed it. Some use salt and mineral blocks
So OP, to answer your question, farmers(especially the large factory farms) have used these things for many years now, way before any ethanol subsidy.