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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The dirty secret of grass fed beef
COWS HATE GRASS
There. It's said. Given any other sort of food to eat, cows will eat it in preference to grass. They'll eat your chicken feed. They'll eat pig feed. They'll accept apples from strangers. They'll chase you down to look into buckets that you're carrying, in the hopes that it contains something other than grass.
They'll break into your chicken coop. They'll pace along the fence, following you for miles in the vain hope that you'll give them something to break the grass monopoly. It's true. Given the choice, a cow will eat just about anything else first.
This isn't a peaceful pastoral scene, above. That's my cow calculating in a slow, deliberate cow way how many steps it will take to run me down and take the bucket from my hands. I'm only safe if I'm near a gate, and can dodge out. I often feed the other animals discreetly; hiding my bucket, or holding it behind me, for fear of a cow mugging.
COWS HATE GRASS.