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Old 08-04-2014, 12:51 PM   #82
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Originally Posted by Buehler445 View Post
Simple truth. We can't produce the protein necessary to sustain life on this country by eliminating grain feed.

I'll go cows because that's what I know.

Time to slaughter finished on grain: aprox 1 year.
Time to slaugher on grass: approx 2 years.

Cows per acre on grass in Scott County Kansas. .1 Yes, 1/10 of a cow per acre or 10 acres per cow.
Cows per acre in a lot: 50 head/acre.

It doesn't take a math whiz to figure out that there isn't enough grass for cows alone, much less hogs (which are a bitch to free range), chickens (which are tougher, because EVERYTHING eats them), and turkeys (**** turkeys).

Eliminating the capacity of the livestock industry to finish on grain will not happen. It just won't. If it does, most of us will be eating meat off grain it will just come from South America or Australia.
Ultimately, how sustainable is that model? I'm not talking about what will happen, because people are always short-sighted in their choices.

If the average American eats 50% more meat than they did 50 years ago, and that is fueled by turning most of the agricultural land of this country endless grids of corn, and the initial cost-effective policy is to confine the animals and give them antibiotics to ward off illness and metabolic acidosis, shouldn't we begin to ask if this model can continue without collapse?
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