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Cows eating Kit Kat bars?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 04, 2012 at 1:10 AM

I visited a local brewery for a tour this weekend. The tour guide showed us all the different types of malts they used. One of the visitors asked what do they do with all the extra & left over barley/malt. The tour guide said he donates all the extra to a local farmer who feeds it to his cows. I LOL & asked him what else does he feed them. In which the tour guy replied how this farmer fed his cattle left over kitkat bars & gets free scraps from other breweries, candy, potato chip & chocolate factories.

Are cows getting treated like pigs? Should we only really stick with lean cuts of Walmart beef? How about conventional veal or lamb?

I did a quick google search & only came up with this link.

http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5089

http://www.stylequirk.com/weird-and-wacky/cows-are-eating-tons-chocolate

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on September 04, 2012
at 02:49 PM

It's not just here in the Midwest. Minnesota was declared a Federal disaster area due to their drought this year.

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on September 04, 2012
at 07:02 AM

I would imagine cows are getting very very sick from all that conventional food.

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on September 04, 2012
at 02:14 AM

No I buy from farmers market, Wegmans or whole foods. But many here on PH buy conventional beef. Which is typically recommended to buy lean cuts.

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on September 04, 2012
at 02:04 AM

Yup. http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

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on September 04, 2012
at 02:01 AM

Yes, Jamie, the entire Midwest is suffering. Cattle herds are being sold or moved north because there is nothing for them to eat in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, etc.

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on September 04, 2012
at 01:49 AM

Is there a drought in the US somewhere?

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on September 04, 2012
at 03:05 AM

The thing to remember about feeding cows is that you're not feeding cows, themselves. You're feeding the symbiotic gut bacteria. Bacteria aren't choosy - urea and newspaper will keep a cow well fed and alive. I'm sure Kit Kat bars are downright tasty to the bacteria.

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on September 04, 2012
at 01:56 AM

CAFO cows are fed this because it's a cheap source of calories:

New term you need to know: ???by-product feedstuffs???

Fresh pasture and dried grasses are the natural diet of all ruminant animals. In factory farms, animals are switched to an unnatural diet based on corn and soy. But corn and soy are not the only ingredients in their ???balanced rations.??? Many large-scale dairy farmers and feedlot operators save money by feeding the cows ???by-product feedstuffs??? as well. In general, this means waste products from the manufacture of human food. In particular, it can mean sterilized city garbage, candy, bubble gum, floor sweepings from plants that manufacture animal food, bakery, potato wastes or a scientific blend of pasta and candy.

Here are some of the ???by-product feedstuffs commonly used in dairy cattle diets in the Upper Midwest.???*

Candy. Candy products are available through a number of distributors and sometimes directly from smaller plants??? They are sometimes fed in their wrappers???. Candies, such as cull gummy bears, lemon drops or gum drops are high in sugar content.

Bakery Wastes. Stale bread and other pastry products from stores or bakeries can be fed to dairy cattle in limited amounts. These products are sometimes fed as received without drying or even removal of the wrappers.

Potato Waste is available in potato processing areas, and includes cull potatoes, French fries and potato chips. Cull fresh potatoes that are not frozen, rotten, or sprouted can be fed to cows either whole or chopped. Potato waste straight from a processing plant may contain varying amounts of inedible or rotten potatoes. French fries and chips contain fats or oils from frying operations.

Starch. Unheated starch is available from some candy manufacturers and sometimes may contain pieces of candy.

Pasta is available from pasta plants and some ingredient distributors as straight pasta or in blends with other ingredients, such as candy.

*This list is excerpted from ???By-Product Feedstuffs in Dairy Cattle Diets in the Upper Midwest,??? published in 2008 by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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on September 04, 2012
at 01:42 AM

They'll feed them almost anything they can to keep them going; especially during a drought like we've had the last two years. Got to eat something.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on September 04, 2012
at 01:49 AM

Is there a drought in the US somewhere?

0e2bd01a4b24c10af91033fe5dcf3b07

(324)

on September 04, 2012
at 02:04 AM

Yup. http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on September 04, 2012
at 02:01 AM

Yes, Jamie, the entire Midwest is suffering. Cattle herds are being sold or moved north because there is nothing for them to eat in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, etc.

0a6376917fcaee2c65fbf614543f62cb

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on September 04, 2012
at 02:49 PM

It's not just here in the Midwest. Minnesota was declared a Federal disaster area due to their drought this year.

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on September 04, 2012
at 01:56 AM

"Should we really only stick with lean cuts of Walmart beef?" ??? I'm confused. You're concerned about the quality of your meat, and you're buying it from Walmart? Any feedlot cattle is extremely poor quality. Grass fed and finished beef is an entirely different animal than the stuff you find at Walmart.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on September 04, 2012
at 02:14 AM

No I buy from farmers market, Wegmans or whole foods. But many here on PH buy conventional beef. Which is typically recommended to buy lean cuts.

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