I just can't resist the urge to comment on a news article such as this one, and I can't help but wonder if when they made the movie 'Dumb and Dumber" they weren't basing it on people like this...
Cattle enjoying sweet life amid corn shortages
In reading just the first few paragraphs it becomes apparent that the poor desperate and naive dairy farmer as well as 'Ki Fanning', a nutritionist with apparently no real nutritional background nor common sense for that matter, are both extremely misguided and unfortunately a product of factory farming at its worst.
The gist of the article is; with the price of corn so high because of shortages due to the drought this year, farmers are desperately searching for alternative feed choices for their cattle aside from the obvious (grass). So what have they turned to? Sprinkles! Yes you heard me correctly and it doesn't stop there. Apparently it's Halloween for cows with their baskets full of "cookies, gummy worms, marshmallows, fruit loops, orange peels, even dried cranberries..."
It's not bad enough that these products consisting of sugar and chemicals cause disease in omnivores (humans), but to feed them to ruminants (cows)...
Quick lesson, an omnivorous diet consists of multiple food sources (animal protein, animal fat, herbs, vegetables, fruit, nuts, etc.), but a ruminant, a unique type of herbivore, can only safely digest one type of food... GRASS! It's the whole reason their digestive system consists of a multiple compartment stomach including its own fermentation tank (the rumen), to allow for healthy efficient digestion of cellulose (plant matter). Incorrect diet is one of the main reasons factory farming results in animals being fed so many antibiotics as part of their diet. The majority of their poor unhealthy diet is grain (corn) not herbs as nature intended. This causes inflammation within their stomach(s), kills the healthy bacteria within their rumen necessary for digestion, and leads to sickness and disease.
And if all of this can be caused by the almighty grain, which chemically speaking is basically glucose, then imagine what pure refined toxic sugar will do?
Most disturbing by far though is this quote by a supposed nutritionist...
"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
I think the scarecrow had more brains then this guy.