Back on July 15 I wrote about the distubing use of distillers’ waste from ethanol plants as cattle feed. As predicted, it seems that the cheap taxpayer-subsidized waste is an increasingly popular source of “food” for cattle in large unnatural cattle operations. An article in a recent edition of Beef magazine reports that 38% of “dairy operations,” 36% of “cattle-feeding operations,” 13% of “cow-calf operations,” and 12% of “hog operations” in the U.S. are using ethanol byproducts as animal feed.
The staff here at Billsblog wonders why anyone would want to eat something that comes from an “operation,” rather than something that comes from a “farm.” But leaving that issue aside, we wonder how many of the folks innocently destined to eat the cattle and pigs being fattened on this stuff, or destined to drink the milk produced by the cows required to eat it, have any clue what is going into what ultimately goes into them.
Cows are ruminants. They are designed to eat grass, not distillers’ waste. For those who missed it the first time, go back to my June 15 post to read about what Stockman Grass Farmer magazine has called a “ticking timebomb that will eventually go off.”
You can always find a great local source for grass-fed beef at localharvest.org or eatwild.com.