Friday, February 17, 2012

New term you need to know: "by-product feedstuffs" for animal feed ration

Fresh pasture and dried grasses are the natural diet of all ruminant animals. In factory farms, animals are switched to an unnatural diet based on corn and soy. But corn and soy are not the only ingredients in their “balanced rations.” Many large-scale dairy farmers and feedlot operators save money by feeding the cows “by-product feedstuffs” as well. In general, this means waste products from the manufacture of human food. In particular, it can mean sterilized city garbage, candy, bubble gum, floor sweepings from plants that manufacture animal food, bakery, potato wastes or a scientific blend of pasta and candy.  
Here are some of the “by-product feedstuffs commonly used in dairy cattle diets in the Upper Midwest.”*
  • Candy. Candy products are available through a number of distributors and sometimes directly from smaller plants… They are sometimes fed in their wrappers…. Candies, such as cull gummy bears, lemon drops or gum drops are high in sugar content.
  • Bakery Wastes. Stale bread and other pastry products from stores or bakeries can be fed to dairy cattle in limited amounts. These products are sometimes fed as received without drying or even removal of the wrappers.
  • Potato Waste is available in potato processing areas, and includes cull potatoes, French fries and potato chips. Cull fresh potatoes that are not frozen, rotten, or sprouted can be fed to cows either whole or chopped. Potato waste straight from a processing plant may contain varying amounts of inedible or rotten potatoes. French fries and chips contain fats or oils from frying operations.
  • Starch. Unheated starch is available from some candy manufacturers and sometimes may contain pieces of candy.
  • Pasta is available from pasta plants and some ingredient distributors as straight pasta or in blends with other ingredients, such as candy.
*This list is excerpted from “By-Product Feedstuffs in Dairy Cattle Diets in the Upper Midwest,” published in 2008 by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. 

FYI: I know several beef feedlot producers that are using these same ingredients to feed out their BEEF animals for slaughter.  It is a high energy sugar or fiber source for a cheap price.  This is another reason it is good to know personally the person who is raising your food for your family.   by: Mark

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Fresh California Orange & Grapefruit

A friend of ours has gotten a load of fresh fruit from California.  He has organic oranges at $30.00/box, #1 traditional raised oranges for $24.00/box or traditional grapefruit for $26.00/box.  This is tree ripened fresh fruit.  We have been enjoying the oranges and grapefruit in our house, and we all love them.  Limited quantities are available.  Contact us or 765-414-9352.