LETHBRIDGE (660 NEWS) – A feedlot near Lethbridge is introducing something new for their cattle to eat – french fries.
The owner of Kasko Cattle Company, Ryan Kasko, says in the last year they have fed about fifty thousand tonnes of fries to the cattle.
In a video posted to social media, Kasko says the fries are a good fit nutritionally for the livestock.
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“When we feed silage to our cattle, it’s like a salad that a human would eat and would be similar to the grass they might eat when they’re out on the ranch,” said Kasko.
“Then we also mix in some grains we get some starch from the french fries that we feed. We also include minerals and vitamins and other nutrients into their diet.”
He adds it also helps to eliminate food waste.
“For our partner, the french fry plant, it’s great for them too because they are able to send french fries to be upcycled into cattle.”
One thing about feeding potatoes to cattle is that it adds a lot of value to their ration, according to Kasko.