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Farmers are now feeding cattle beer


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...st/bovine_beer

NORWAY, Iowa - Cattlemen are hoping to raise a better bovine with beer. About a dozen eastern Iowa farmers have been spiking their cattle feed with beer. So far, the herds are lapping it up, said cattlemen Robert Miller.

They like it so much that they hesitate to eat when their feed isn't mixed with beer, Miller said.

It began about a year ago when an official at Fleck Sales, a Cedar Rapids beer distributor, contacted Fisher's Feed and Fertilizer in Norway, a small town southeast of Cedar Rapids.

The company asked if the feed business would like to get free beer which had outlived its shelf life, not for its workers but to mix in with its feed, said Jack Fisher, the feed company's owner.

Fisher said research shows that beer has vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates and proteins, which all benefit cattle's diet.

Beer is commonly used in cattle feed in Japan and Canada. The animals' complex digestive system breaks down the alcohol in beer, turning it into food energy, animal nutritionists said.

Fisher took Fleck Sales up on its offer and now the beer is emptied into 5-gallon buckets which are taken to feedlots where the beer is given away.

Fisher laughed when asked if he and his friends ever test the free shipments.

"We have to make sure it's safe for the cattle," he said.


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... Well we got mad cow from feeding them brain, I can't see anything going wrong with the beer... unless we stop giving it to them that is...

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mmmm . . . beer marinated steak . . .

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mmmm . . . beer marinated steak . . .
I was thinking the same as well! It will be interesting to see cows drinking beer, but I have a feeling it will give it alittle more taste to it. I guess if the cows eat enough of it they won't remember which cow they slept with and they won't care when they arrive at the slaughter house.

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Gotta be careful you can over-do anything.

My granddad, skinflint that he is, went in halvers with my dad on a cow several years ago, he kept it on his pasture, and him and my dad split the feed costs and the cost of the cow. Then when it was slaughtered they split the meat.

Well my dad thought for a while "man it sure ain't costing much to feed that cow" but it was summertime so he figured it was just grazing a lot.

My granddad wasn't buying grain for it, he was getting expired bread for nearly free at the bread mill. The cow ate almost nothing but bread, it's whole diet was nothing but what grass it got and bread (and sweet cakes, and rolls and well you get the idea).

The meat tasted AWFUL, seriously, bad, we ended up feeding most of it to our dogs it tasted .. kinda well, bready, sorta flour like, it was real nasty.

Wonder what a cow that ate LOTS of beer (I'm sure these folks are not doing like my granddad did of COURSE but just mentioning how anything can be turned bad) would taste like...

Expired bread is fine for cows (pigs, chickens, most anything on the farm will eat it) but not as the only real food you feed an animal.

You should see my goats eat french fries....

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I was thinking the same as well! It will be interesting to see cows drinking beer, but I have a feeling it will give it alittle more taste to it. I guess if the cows eat enough of it they won't remember which cow they slept with and they won't care when they arrive at the slaughter house.
We fed pigs a couple barrels of fermented apples once. Fermented fruit has quite a bit of alcohol in it. It was hilarious the pigs got so drunk they were all flopping over and grunting and just well, acting drunk, walking wobbly and falling down it was just hilarious. Wonder if they get hangovers?

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Kind of ironic that his name is Miller?

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^ lol Varg. Didn't even notice that.

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We fed pigs a couple barrels of fermented apples once. Fermented fruit has quite a bit of alcohol in it.
Drunk Pigs

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I guess if the cows eat enough of it they won't remember which cow they slept with and they won't care when they arrive at the slaughter house.
Wait until PETA gets a hold of this

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Wait until PETA gets a hold of this
Meh, if they get pissy at me for the comment i'll simply send them a postcard of my stepdad biting into a bloody rare steak that says "Happy New Years". My family way back during the 1930s use to run a ranch for the government. My grandma has told me a few things about it like if a cow died they couldn't eat it. The government would come by and pick it up so they know they weren't killing them to eat it, because it was a depression going on...

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Meh, if they get pissy at me for the comment i'll simply send them a postcard of my stepdad biting into a bloody rare steak that says "Happy New Years".
lol! I didnt mean they get a hold of your comment. But if they get an under cover operation on drunk cows What would they say? :lol:

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Insane.

I hope this never takes off on large scale - will mean that I'll have to raise cows in my own backyard if I want to eat.

Beer and me/Islam dont go well at all.

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it could change the taste... anyone tasted one?

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. . .Beer and me/Islam dont go well at all.
Ouch oonth! Didn't know about beer, you, & Islam. Can you not drink beer or alcohol at all?

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it could change the taste... anyone tasted one?
I think it could too since the article said, "Cattlemen are hoping to raise a better bovine with beer."

If it tasted better, I would pay more for beer beef. Forget about Certified Angus Beef :: I wan't Certified Beer Beef

A small microbrewer could make this into a nice business or give beer to Cattlemen in exchange for a trademark name

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Insane.

I hope this never takes off on large scale - will mean that I'll have to raise cows in my own backyard if I want to eat.

Beer and me/Islam dont go well at all
Why would that matter with islam and achohol. If you think about it when the cow is cooked any achohol that is in would be burned out while cooking. Its like when you add some red wine into your sauce for pasta it burns out and gives alittle more taste to it.

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Why would that matter with islam and achohol. If you think about it when the cow is cooked any achohol that is in would be burned out while cooking. Its like when you add some red wine into your sauce for pasta it burns out and gives alittle more taste to it.
Simple answer: Because the Quran says so. No alcohol means no alcohol, period. There is no ambuiguity.

It does not matter if the TASTE burns out - but some of the chemicals and whatever from the beer have got to remain. And that is what is prohibited.

I would say if few cows here and there take alcohol WITHOUT my knowledge due to pure coincidence, it might be okay. But, if this starts on a large scale, then I'm going to have to do my homework and make sure the meat I get is NOT from one of these drunken cows. Of course if this happens, I might as well move to some country place and start my own little farm to provide meat to all my friends and family

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