It took a sweet series of events to expose one sour cover up about America’s cows!
The bizarre story began in a rural county in southeast Wisconsin last week, when hundreds of thousands of red Skittles were found spilled on a road in Dodge County.
Many townsfolk were spooked by the immaculate confection, as residents were scratching their heads over where the red road candy came from.
County Sheriff Dale Schmidt told local press:
“There’s no little ‘S’ on them, but you can definitely smell, it’s a distinct Skittles smell.”
While no one knew how the Skittles got there, county road crews said the spill was actually helpful — the high fructose tar actually improved traction on the traditionally icy Northwestern roads.
But aside from providing the county with a sweet silver lining, the mishap also exposed a major livestock industry secret!
Later on, the sheriff’s department found out that the Skittles fell off a truck that was transporting the red candies to be used as cattle feed!
That’s right! Apparently, industry farmers have been feeding candy to cows for years!
A former farmer told WBAY that candy producers and bakeries often sell rejects to be used as cattle feed because they give the animals “cheap carbs.”
The sweet secret goes back decades, but saw a surge in 2012 when corn prices were rising and cattle farmers needed a cheaper way to feed their livestock.
While it may be cost efficient, is feeding cows and other livestock candy healthy for them (and, you know, those who consume them)? John Waller, an animal science professor at the University of Tennessee told Live Science:
“I think it’s a viable (diet). It keeps fat material from going out in the landfill, and it’s a good way to get nutrients in these cattle. The alternative would be to put (the candy) in a landfill somewhere.”
Okay, so it may not be unhealthy for the livestock — but from now on, we’ll be ordering our steaks Skittle-free instead of grassfed, thank you.
Seriously, would YOU eat beef you knew was raised on candy??