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Sweet times for cows as gummy worms replace costly corn feed
Yahoo! ^ | September 23, 2012 | Carey Gillam

Posted on 09/24/2012 4:08:33 PM PDT by Altariel

ANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Mike Yoder's herd of dairy cattle are living the sweet life. With corn feed scarcer and costlier than ever, Yoder increasingly is looking for cheaper alternatives -- and this summer he found a good deal on ice cream sprinkles.

"It's a pretty colorful load," said Yoder, who operates about 450 dairy cows on his farm in northern Indiana. "Anything that keeps the feed costs down."

As the worst drought in half a century has ravaged this year's U.S. corn crop and driven corn prices sky high, the market for alternative feed rations for beef and dairy cows has also skyrocketed. Brokers are gathering up discarded food products and putting them out for the highest bid to feed lot operators and dairy producers, who are scrambling to keep their animals fed.

In the mix are cookies, gummy worms, marshmallows, fruit loops, orange peels, even dried cranberries. Cattlemen are feeding virtually anything they can get their hands on that will replace the starchy sugar content traditionally delivered to the animals through corn.

"Everybody is looking for alternatives," said Ki Fanning, a nutritionist with Great Plains Livestock Consulting in Eagle, Nebraska. "It's kind of funny the first time you see it but it works well. The big advantage to that is you can turn something you normally throw away into something that can be consumed. The amazing thing about a ruminant, a cow, you can take those type of ingredients and turn them into food."

PRICING VARIES

Feed is generally the largest single production expense for cattle operators. Whatever is fed needs to supply energy and protein levels that meet the animals' nutritional needs. High prices for soy has operators seeking alternatives for both corn and soy.

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: beef; cattle; corn; cows; food; gummyworms; youarewhatyoueat

1 posted on 09/24/2012 4:08:40 PM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

I used to work for Dawn foods where they made cake and bread mixes. We sold floor sweepings as hog feed.


2 posted on 09/24/2012 4:11:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Altariel

A cow’s GI tract is not made for starchy feed. They do best on grass.


3 posted on 09/24/2012 4:23:25 PM PDT by waterhill (I Shall Remain: Beef: its whats for dinner...........)
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To: Altariel; Morgana; Lazamataz; PJ-Comix; ShadowAce; cripplecreek

Do diabetic cows marble well?


4 posted on 09/24/2012 4:25:30 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Altariel
In the mix are cookies, gummy worms, marshmallows, fruit loops, orange peels, even dried cranberries. Cattlemen are feeding virtually anything they can get their hands on that will replace the starchy sugar content traditionally delivered to the animals through corn.

You'd think that items made from corn syrup would cost more than the corn itself.

5 posted on 09/24/2012 4:27:26 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Altariel

Ethanol, is there anything good about it??


6 posted on 09/24/2012 4:29:47 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Altariel
""It's a pretty colorful load," said Yoder, ...

LOL - I'll bet it is! When I was a kid my German Shepherd pup ate a big box of crayons. Forty years later I still think of the colorful logs in the yard every time I see M&M cookies,

7 posted on 09/24/2012 4:34:13 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Slump Tester

Now I will think of them, too.

My days of eating M&M cookies are over.


8 posted on 09/24/2012 4:40:17 PM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: Slump Tester

LOL!

Best laugh I've had in 2-3 days!

9 posted on 09/24/2012 4:40:33 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Libs, dems, unions, leftist scum & murderous muzzies - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: Alex Murphy

Diabetic Beef Co.

anyone?


10 posted on 09/24/2012 4:42:16 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
Yes.


11 posted on 09/24/2012 5:12:13 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: GeronL

Ethanol, is there anything good about it??
///
nope.
it uses more energy net, than it gives.
at a cost of billions in taxpayer subsidies.
(and as a bonus, it destroys small engines.)
-
...what amazes me, is all these articles mention the drought, that reduced yields by maybe 20%,
and ignore the 40%, going to ethanol.


12 posted on 09/24/2012 5:13:01 PM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Elendur

I know, right?


13 posted on 09/24/2012 5:14:25 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Altariel

Seen alot more sorghum fields lately here in Texas and in Oklahoma. Presumably for livestock feed.


14 posted on 09/24/2012 5:20:17 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Conservatism didn't magically show up in Romney's heart in 2012. You can't force what isn't in you.)
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To: Altariel
"he found a good deal on ice cream sprinkles... "It's a pretty colorful load,"

I bet that cow pie is a colorful sight...

15 posted on 09/24/2012 5:23:39 PM PDT by Dacus943
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To: mrs. a

When I was a kid my German Shepard Mike ate most of a 10 lb bag of bird seed in the basement the winter of 1971, now 40 years later I think of him whenever I see one of those Italian pine nut cookies....still like the cookies though!


16 posted on 09/24/2012 7:28:54 PM PDT by skepsel ("Whole lotta things I ain't never done, ain't never had too much fun" C. Cody)
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