Loving the herd life
- Jan 10, 2022
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I have to say that I would never eat the meat from any cow that was fed litter, garbage and dead decomposed chicken carcasses. That mix of bacteria’s cannot be healthy for a balanced rumen. My bet is that he had some substandard animals as a result. Chickens on the other hand are omnivores…cows are decidedly NOT omnivores. They are herbavores with a very delicate rumen.Once visiting a poultry farm -- yep, the houses with thousands -- I noticed a well built compost bin. It was full of litter from the houses, as well as some expired chicken carcasses Viewed it and the big thermometer that was used in the pile, then asked what they did with it -- spread on fields, etc. Nope, a cattle farmer collected it and mixed with the feed he gave the feeders. WOW.
Now there are a few large poultry farms within easy drive and some do spread the litter on their fields in winter/spring and/or sell to other farmers for that. It does stink! But if put out correctly and allowed to age, does grow things nicely. You have to be quite careful of grasses growing in the general vicinity of a poultry house as the nitrogen level can be so high as to poison some grazing animals -- horses for one -- if that is their only grass source. Next to those houses it can be quite concentrated. In fact, a large pile of this litter can kill everything around it...too much can be bad.
Yep, if some people saw what a chicken can/will eat, they'd never eat an egg!