"Sustainable farmers use feeds grown without large amounts of pesticides in order to supplement what the animals eat through grazing, and their farms rely on natural pasture systems that benefit nature and animals. When animals are raised on pasture, their manure is dispersed at a rate that the soil can absorb, rather than accumulating in huge lagoons. This manure fertilizes the earth which provides the feed that farm animals come back and eat again and again." - FEED
There is a concern that feed will be limited or highly priced. Corn crops were hardest hit early in the drought. Some area farmers cut their crops early using the product for feed for livestock. Another option livestock producers can be consider is the hydroponic forage system where they can produce livestock feed year round.
Droughts have caused a global failure in the grain crop used for animal feed, pushing up the price, and mass cull is under way among farmers who can no longer afford to feed their animals. Because of these factors, consumers might face a bacon and sausage shortage as pig farmers reduce the size of their herds due to the soaring price of feed.
Small dairy farmers are going bankrupt by the thousands, largely due to declining milk prices. Keeping the cost of production low is one of the keys to staying solvent. The least expensive feed ingredient is fresh pasture. By using hydroponics forage system, raising cows on pasture may allow small dairies to stay in business.
♥ Farm Sanctuary ♥ "Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and to encourage a new awareness and understanding about 'farm animals'. At Farm Sanctuary, these animals are our friends, not our food." Website: www.farmsanctuary...