An old practice now has new life for cattle farmers across the country – feeding candy to cows as a supplement to expensive grains. Sugar fattens beef cows, but is also far more affordable than corn. Realistically, farmers try to cap the sugar supplement at no more than 3 percent of the cows’ diets. From CNN News,
“It has been a practice going on for decades and is a very good way to for producers to reduce feed cost, and to provide less expensive food for consumers,” said Ki Fanning, a livestock nutritionist with Great Plains Livestock Consulting, Inc. in Eagle, Neb.
Feeding candy to cows has become a more popular practice in tandem with the rising price of corn, which has doubled since 2009, fueled by government-subsidized demand for ethanol and this year’s drought.
Smart are these farmers who use the manufacturers cast-off candies and sweets.