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Cows Eat Candy Too

Turns out that while corn-based ethanol fuel might be a good fuel alternative, it's actually causing candy to be a good livestock feed alternative. Due to the recent demand of ethanol, corn prices have gone up, forcing farmers to find an alternative source of food for their livestock.

Dwight Hess, a cattle feedlot operator in Marietta, Pa., is located in the heart of snack country, near Hershey and Herr Foods Inc., a maker of potato chips, pretzels and snack mixes. His cattle ration consists of about 17% "candy meal," a blend of chocolate bars and large chunks of chocolate; 3% of what he calls "party mix," a blend of popcorn, pretzels, potato chips and cheese curls; 8% corn gluten; and the remainder corn and barley he grows.

I guess we're not the only ones enjoying National Candy Month?

Also, I wonder how it affects the flavor of the meat. Do you think things would have sweeter or saltier undertones?

Via: Amazon al Dente

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Msmarissa006 Msmarissa006 8 years
SINCE THE COWS..ARE EATTING CHOCLATE..DOES THAT MEAN THEY WILL MAKE CHOCLATE MILK?
LisaK LisaK 8 years
That just doesn't seem very healthy.
rainonme224 rainonme224 8 years
this is really weird. it makes me want to eat nothing from a cow now lol
ley ley 8 years
Crazy... Our only hope now are chickens and turkeys. Once they get fed candy too, i think im going vegetarian.
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 8 years
ha!
designergirl designergirl 8 years
Cow should eat grass- not corn feed, and definitely not candy!
chancleta chancleta 8 years
wow i wonder how it will affect the taste of the meat or milk
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 8 years
People who eat lots of junk tend to have worse body odor and those who eat fruits and veggies more often tend to smell good. I know from experience. I don't need to wear deoderant, but it smells good, so I do anyway. It just keeps me dry, not "fresh".I would think this might apply to the cows. Eating sweets doesn't make you sweet. It makes you SMELL! My pets smell worse when their food wasn't the healthiest it could have been. Now they smell great and so does their waste.I doubt the meat is as healthy as cows eating what cows SHOULD eat. Who knows? I know I won't ever find out.
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 8 years
People who eat lots of junk tend to have worse body odor and those who eat fruits and veggies more often tend to smell good. I know from experience. I don't need to wear deoderant, but it smells good, so I do anyway. It just keeps me dry, not "fresh". I would think this might apply to the cows. Eating sweets doesn't make you sweet. It makes you SMELL! My pets smell worse when their food wasn't the healthiest it could have been. Now they smell great and so does their waste. I doubt the meat is as healthy as cows eating what cows SHOULD eat. Who knows? I know I won't ever find out.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
That just seems so odd.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
That just seems so odd.
GeikoSera GeikoSera 8 years
That's not right....cows aren't meant to be eating chocolate!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 8 years
What?!? Hope the cows aren't allergic to chocolate!
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
True, Rbex.
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
True, Rbex.
rbex rbex 8 years
Aww, that sucks that their feeding them junk! Neither us nor animals should be eating that stuff.
Realblonde Realblonde 8 years
Meat is murder!
Realblonde Realblonde 8 years
Meat is murder!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
so...they are using the candy for its corn syrup? and the chips for its...corn? really?
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
This is so weird. Like, really weird.Im guessing the meat would be a slight bit fattier, not necessarily sweeter or saltier.
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
This is so weird. Like, really weird. Im guessing the meat would be a slight bit fattier, not necessarily sweeter or saltier.
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