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Are most cattle in the world fed in diet grown exclusively for them?

Answered on April 16, 2014
Created April 13, 2014 at 6:27 PM

I just want to know ,because if so ,our grass fed thinking is much more "saviors of the world" than the vegan idealogy (in the bad way)

just let me realize... soy,corn, or mostly grass hay

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For ruminant that are fed grains/soy in their diet (in particular CAFO ruminants). Are the grains/soy that the ruminant consume the same grains/soy that are grown for consumption by humans? Or are there specific strains of grains/soy that are grown solely for the purpose of ruminant consumption?

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on April 16, 2014
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Not sure what you mean here. Grain-finished is not required (paleos love to point this out), nor is it necessarily always detrimental (paleos don't yet admit this).

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on April 16, 2014
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"makes it grow exclusively for them" doesn't make sense in this context.

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on April 16, 2014
at 12:06 PM

Ohh okay

but i need to know if the grain-finished makes it grow exculisvely for them

i mean the period in the feedlot

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The answer is 'it depends'. Grass feeds all cattle for most of their lives. Then most (but not all) cattle are grain-finished to some degree.

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Are cows fed mostly grain or mostly hay? (in the commercial agriculture,in the bigger producers in most countries)

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on April 16, 2014
at 04:46 PM

No. They are finished on a dry weight mixture of about 15% hay, 60% grains and 25% distillery by products (spent mash from corn ethanol plants).

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/livestock/html/b1-35.html

Whatever's cheapest and fastest to get the 500-600 lbs weight gain needed to go from calf or yearling to slaughter. It takes about 3700 lbs of dry basis feed to do this. The corn they eat is not the same sweet corn that humans eat, but cheap field-dried dent corn.

http://www2.kenyon.edu/projects/farmschool/food/corntyp.htm

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on April 15, 2014
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Yo I don't even understand the question

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on April 16, 2014
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Are cows fed mostly grain or mostly hay? (in the commercial agriculture,in the bigger producers in most countries)

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