Friday, August 10, 2012
Cows Being Slaughtered As Result of Drought
This article consists of an interview with a farmer in Missouri, which currently has the worst farmland in the country as a result of record drought. Dead grass means no food source for cattle, which means the farmer either has to buy hay or feed stock to keep the animals alive and well-fed, or they must be slaughtered prematurely. It's too bad that us in the Northeast can't somehow take the persistent rain we've been getting here (raining as I speak, and quite hard too) and give it to the Midwest.
What really pissed me off after reading this was the fact that buying livestock feed for animals is so damn expensive. Wanna know why it's so expensive? The main ingredient in livestock feed is corn. Since the drought, the market price of corn has gone up by 63 percent. As more corn is used for ethanol, that means less corn being used to go into livestock feed, which means that the cattle will go hungry and be slaughtered earlier.