Cattle on 40 pints a day of beer

UK - A Cornish farmer is believed to be the first in the county to experiment with breeding cattle on beer.
calendar icon 10 February 2007
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The Limousin herd at Woodland Farm in Fentonadle get through up to 40 pints of local brew a day as part of their enviable diet.

And they even get a massage to help produce the speciality Kobe-style beef, based on traditional Japanese production methods.

Farmer Darren Pluess says the cattle are not harmed by the diet.

'Kobe' beef

"They are completely happy and they do like drinking beer," he said.

"Beer is basically, hops, water and barley which is consistent with their diet anyway.

"We have problems digesting it, but they are ruminants and it suits them better."

In Japan, Kobe beef is produced only by the expensive Wagyu cattle, but outside the country it can be sold as Kobe-style beef.

At Woodland Farm the beer, which is kept in 1,000 litre vats, is tapped into the sheds of the five Limousin cattle.

Source: BBC News
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