What Cattle Eat

Cattle require on a mix of protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins to help them thrive and grow.People have always been interested in what cattle eat. Recent news stories have suggested that farmers and ranchers are increasingly looking to sources like candy, cereal or fruit peels to feed their cattle during the ongoing drought.

The fact is that just like humans, cattle require the right mix of protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins to help them thrive and grow. That healthy, balanced diet includes simple carbohydrates that can be provided by a variety of sources, [Read more…]

Do cattle feedlots force feed corn to cattle? No. Cattle eat grasses, grains and other forages.

Myth: Factory farms force feed cattle unnatural corn diets.

Many reports and stories claim that cattle feedlots, so-called factory farms, force feed the cattle a diet made almost entirely of corn. Many of these reports also claim that corn fed beef is unnatural, and that when it comes to grain-fed versus grass-fed beef, grass-fed is always better.

The Facts: Cattle feedlots and feedyards are not feeding cattle diets made up entirely of corn.

The truth about factory farming, or cattle feedlots, is that feedyards are made up of caring, professional people including cowboys, veterinarians and animal nutritionists who make sure cattle receive the best care possible on a daily basis, and that includes ensuring they receive a proper, nutritious and balanced diet.  Here’s what you should know about what cattle eat in a feedlot: [Read more…]

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