- Feb 3, 2008
- Champaign, IL
I've noticed that there is a surprising number of people on this board that think feeding corn to cattle, during the era of low corn price, was shameful. Some like to get on here and say, "the ruminant was designed to convert low quality forages, not corn, into.....etc." And ,"shame on all you corn feeders for ruining our cattle industry." The idea of labeling what cattle are and are not is ridiculous, IMO. Look at pigs. They can utilize pasture (while not very effectively). But today are fed grain, is that wrong? Cattle, like all food producing animals, are designed to become whatever the consumer wants them to be. The number factor influencing beef demand is flavor. Flavor is what sets beef apart from chicken or pork. How do you get the flavor that people want? Feeding high concentrate diets (corn). You can't do that with grass and still be profitable.