Candy for Cows

Der Preis für Nutzviehfutter ist anscheinend mittlerweile so teuerspekuliert worden, das es für Bauern günstiger geworden ist, Gummibärchen, Schokolade und Kekse and ihre Viecher zu verfüttern.

Feeding candy to cows has become a more popular practice in tandem with the rising price of corn, which has doubled since 2009, fueled by government-subsidized demand for ethanol and this year's drought. […] While corn goes for about $315 a ton, ice-cream sprinkles can be had for as little as $160 a ton.

"As the price of corn has climbed, farmers either sold off their pigs and cattle, or they found alternative feeds," said Mike Yoder, a dairy farmer in Middlebury, Ind. He feeds his 400 cows bits of candy, hot chocolate mix, crumbled cookies, breakfast cereal, trail mix, dried cranberries, orange peelings and ice cream sprinkles, which are blended into more traditional forms of feed, like hay.

Cash-strapped farmers feed candy to cows