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Does giving cattle molasses licks compromise quality?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 28, 2013 at 8:22 PM

I found grass fed/finishd beef in target for $7, which is closer and cheaper than whole foods.

I called the company and they said they supplement the cows with apple cider vinegar and molasses licks. The ACV is fine, U.S wellness does the same thing, but what about the molasses licks? It's essentially pure sugar, and I imagine it might have some of the same detrimental effects to the fat/meat as grains do.

What do you think? Thanks!

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on March 29, 2013
at 05:30 PM

Any mass production of meat is going to bring with it an extremely high chance of animal cruelty, grassfed or not. It is sourced from Target? Mass production. I'm not going all PETA here. I just think if the cows get a molasses lollipop before being crammed in a truck and then slaughtered.... then, great. I eat this meat, too. But I'm an adult, so I don't need to tell myself a nice bedtime story that the cows are prancing through a meadow before they willingly and joyfully sacrifice themselves for your burger. Cows from small local farms, sure. But not the Target cows.

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on March 29, 2013
at 07:39 AM

Only if the cows are displacing a significant portion of grass with pure sugar. This is likely not the case and the PUFA in grains is more damaging than a pure sugar. Molasses isn't even a pure sugar anyway(thought that could be positive or negative).

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on March 29, 2013
at 12:01 AM

I'm genuinely curious as to why you think that pastured cows have such a sad life. They're out in their natural habitat, eating with they were meant to eat and doing their cow thing.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on March 28, 2013
at 10:55 PM

I.... have no idea why this is such an upsetting answer. I'm genuinely curious for an explanation?

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on March 28, 2013
at 10:35 PM

Ridiculous "answers" such as yours exhaust me.

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on March 28, 2013
at 09:18 PM

This site exhausts me.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on March 28, 2013
at 09:12 PM

So cows raised in a pasture have a sad life?

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on March 28, 2013
at 09:00 PM

they come seasoned and flavoured then. molasses is an ingredient in lots of bar-b que sauces..:)

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 28, 2013
at 08:35 PM

Salt licks are for mineral content. The molasses makes it slightly more palatable.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_do_cattle_need_salt_mineral_blocks_to_lick

And when it comes to grain in a cow's diet, it's all fine until it becomes a significant portion of the ration, that only occurs in feedlot environments. A molasses salt lick is nowhere near a significant portion of a cow's diet.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on March 29, 2013
at 03:42 AM

molasses is awesome! i have been using blackstrap molasses for health reasons and it's amazing. good to know it's being used for my meat supply.

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A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on March 28, 2013
at 08:41 PM

That molasses lick is going to be the only highlight in a very sad life. Take solace in knowing your meat is tiny bit happier.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on March 28, 2013
at 10:55 PM

I.... have no idea why this is such an upsetting answer. I'm genuinely curious for an explanation?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on March 28, 2013
at 09:12 PM

So cows raised in a pasture have a sad life?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on March 29, 2013
at 12:01 AM

I'm genuinely curious as to why you think that pastured cows have such a sad life. They're out in their natural habitat, eating with they were meant to eat and doing their cow thing.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on March 28, 2013
at 09:18 PM

This site exhausts me.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on March 28, 2013
at 10:35 PM

Ridiculous "answers" such as yours exhaust me.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on March 29, 2013
at 05:30 PM

Any mass production of meat is going to bring with it an extremely high chance of animal cruelty, grassfed or not. It is sourced from Target? Mass production. I'm not going all PETA here. I just think if the cows get a molasses lollipop before being crammed in a truck and then slaughtered.... then, great. I eat this meat, too. But I'm an adult, so I don't need to tell myself a nice bedtime story that the cows are prancing through a meadow before they willingly and joyfully sacrifice themselves for your burger. Cows from small local farms, sure. But not the Target cows.

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