I get a lot of grief about my Indiana roots. Everyone assumes that just because I came from Indiana, I lived on a farm. Nope. City boy here. Fort Wayne is the 80th largest city in the nation and I grew upon the rough and tumble streets of the South Side.
That doesn’t mean farmers weren’t part of our family. My Dad’s grandfather lived until he was 96 and farmed almost all the way to the end. We had many family Sundays on Great-Grandpa’s farm. I was little, but I remember being told to stay out of the silo. As it turns out it was good advise, I’ve avoided silos my whole life, and I’m still here!
This summer was a rough one for Midwestern farmers. The worst drought they’ve had since the 30’s. So bad the corn crop is more of a rumor this fall. The stalks are so short, the corn maze industry is focusing on the gnome market. This shortfall of corn means a shortfall of feed for livestock.
Your steak might not be corn fed this winter. Instead the resourceful farmers are turning to other high calorie feed to fatten up their animals. Second hand candy.
Yes, the candy that has been deemed unfit for human consumption is being fed to the animals that will in turn be fed to humans. According to one herd owner, the animals have shown no negative health effects and are on track with their weight gains.
I’m a little worried, these same animals aren’t leaving the barn to go outside anymore . . . . . .
Remember, stay out of the silo!