You mentioned "this was back when the protein level was raised by adding
protein from the rendering plant". Where are these downer cows going now
if not back into animal feed? Anybody know? The cat food bag still says
meat and meat products and I know some people feed their chickens cat food
because it is cheaper. Might this be a big mistake? I put off getting
chickens last year until I can raise some feed grains of my own.
What about these "protein tubs" that are sold as cattle feed supplement?
Where is that protein from? Y2K and GE food is squat compared to this
little problem from industrialized agriculture. Thank you for letting us
know your experience. Mike Miller
>>week there are ads in the local papers for "downer" cows to go to the
>>rendering plant. How do we know those "poorly doing" cattle are not doing
>>poorly due to early TSE???
>Here's an interesting observation that I have been meaning to share with
>someone for almost a decade.
> When we first started farming we kept a small herd of goats to clear off
>land. Sometimes during the winter we would feed them some sweet feed (this
>was back when the protein level was raised by adding protein from the
>rendering plant). Soon, we had several goats suffering with 'downers'.
>Losing one or two goats a year for a number of years.
>Finally, we got better established and produced our own winter feed annd
>stopped buying any outside feed for the goats. Within a year we saw the
>last case of downers and not another case in the decade since.
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