Why Are We Feeding Skittles To Cows?

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By Cooking Panda

If you’ve ever caught yourself wondering just what would happen if an entire road were magically covered in delicious red Skittles, then boy are you in luck.

A road in southeastern Wisconsin was found to be covered in hundreds of thousands of red Skittles (identified by their distinct Skittle smell, rather than their signature “S” stamp).

While some might find this a nuisance, the spillage of Skittles actually ended up being a benefit for the road, which had been icy beforehand; the little candies improved traction and made it safer and easier for vehicles to maneuver over the road.

But that’s not all, folks.

At first, CNN reports that nobody knew how or why the Skittles ended up on the road. All they knew was that the road smelled familiar and yummy, and that the weird incident was helping with car traction.

After a while, however, CNN reports that the sheriff’s department later was made aware of the cause behind the spillage: Skittles, as it so happens, are actually used as cattle feed.

Yes, your classic movie snack is also the choice snack of cows, due to their cost and the amount of carbs they provide.

Livestock nutritionist with Grain Plains Livestock Consulting, Ki Fanning, told CNN: “(It) is a very good way for producers to reduce feed cost, and to provide less expensive food for consumers.”

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office posted about the Skittle spillage on Facebook, and the post has been getting mixed reactions from meat consumers about the practice of feeding cattle the candy.

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“Candy is a garbage food for people, so feed it to cows, which we are going to eat? Naturally occurring sugar, fine. Not highly processed, artificial dye crap called candy. No, I do not eat candy,” said one commenter.

“The only thing a cow should be eating is grass, in a pasture.”

“I, for one, welcome our new cherry-flavored beef overlords,” joked another.

What do you think about the candy-cow controversy? 

Sources: CNN, Dodge County Sheriff's Office/Facebook / Photo Credit: Dodge County Sheriff's Office/Facebook

Tags: candy, Cattle, cow, cow feed, Skittles
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