Rancher Feeds Candy to Cows

Rising corn prices force shift

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With the price of corn rising, some ranchers have turned to an unconventional feed for their cattle: candy—the chocolatey kind. Joseph Watson mixes second-hand candy with an ethanol by-product and mineral nutrient mix to create a healthy, balanced feed for his cattle. The packaged candy comes from companies at a discounted rate because it’s not fit for human consumption, but the mix seems to work for cows. "It has a higher ratio of fat than actually feeding straight corn," Watson explained. "It's hard to believe it will work but we've already seen the results of it now." Watson’s 1,400 cows are putting on weight and have yet to show any health problems.

Via WPRI News

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