Farmers Get Creative, Cows Get Chocolate
Due to the recent rise in prices for animal feed as a result of the drought, farmers are getting creative in order to keep their cows fed. This Kansas dairy farm gives their cows chocolate to keep their energy up.
The chocolate, all scraps from a chocolate factory, is mixed and then put right into the feed the cows eat every day. “A friend of ours worked at the factory and asked if we could use chocolate,” says Orville.
The cows have a strict limit of six pounds per day. That’s 5,000 pounds of chocolate for the farm every week. “It takes a lot of energy to make 100 pounds of milk,” says farm nutritionist Verton Miller.