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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cattle on a candy diet.

Cattle rearing is a very lucrative business,but the high cost of feed has pushed many farmers to the extreme to look for an alternate source to break even. Cattle are ruminants and thus tend to thrive on forage,cereals amongst other supplements but to strike a balance the ration must be complete with representatives of all classes of food and water. Water is very vital to growth and development of the cattle as well as support all the metabolic activities in the body. Cattle must be given cool,fresh water everyday which must be clean,odorless and colorless. The alternate options to cattle feed are candies,orange peels,potatoes,dried fruits,rice products amongst others. According to CNN,farmers tapped into the candy factory to augment the feed of cattle when corn prices soared,now prices have skyrocked and farmers are at the candy station. The sugar in the candy is source the farmers want for the cows,as they gain weight and even increases milk production. The candy is mixed with other forms of cattle feed, but at a percentage of 3%. This is how a farmer uses the candy; a dairy farmer in Middlebury, Ind. feeds his 400 cows bits of candy, hot chocolate mix, crumbled cookies, breakfast cereal, trail mix, dried cranberries, orange peelings and ice cream sprinkles, which are blended into more traditional forms of feed, like hay. The farmer said that he goes over the feed menu every couple of weeks with a livestock nutritionist who advised him to cap the candy at 3% of a cow's diet. He said that the sugar in ice cream sprinkles increase milk production by three pounds per cow per day. Sugar also helps to fatten up beef cattle, according to livestock nutritionist Chuck Hurst, owner of Nutritech, Inc., in Carmen, Idaho, without any ill effects to the cow, or to the person consuming its meat or milk. He said that it's the sugar in the candy that's important, and that it provides "the same kind of energy as corn." source