Some Farmers Turn to Candy-Feed for Cattle
Not only has the drought caused corn prices to go higher - which has also increased feed prices - but it has caused cattle farmers to turn to alternative feeds. Apparently some of those alternatives include candy. Yes - some cattle farmers struggling to feed corn to their cattle are feeding them chocolate bars, gummy worms, ice cream sprinkles, marshmallows, pieces of hard candy and hot chocolate mix. Great Plains Livestock Consulting Livestock Nutritionist Ki Fanning says this practice has been going on for decades and is a good way for producers to reduce feed costs - which he says also provides less expensive food for consumers. Corn costs nearly 315-dollars a ton - but ice cream sprinkles cost as little as 160-dollars a ton. Indiana Dairy Farmer Mike Yoder says he feeds his 400 cows some candy, crumbled cookies, breakfast cereal, dried cranberries and orange peelings mixed in with traditional feed - and he goes over this menu every couple of weeks with his livestock nutritionist who advised him to limit the cow to three-percent of candy. While this may be a good alternative for a while - the one problem is as demand for candy-feed increases - so will the price.
© 2013 Rural Radio Network. All rights reserved. Republishing, rebroadcasting, rewriting, redistributing prohibited. Copyright Information