Farmers turning to local food companies to cut feed costs

Farmers turning to local food companies to cut feed costs

By Ben Sutherly

Dayton Daily News

From Mike-sell’s and Cargill in Dayton to the Dannon yogurt plant in Minster and Peak Foods whipped topping plant in Troy, food manufacturers don’t just supply supermarkets — many help fill local hog and cattle troughs.

The recent ethanol boom’s effect on corn prices, up 80 percent in the past year, has given farmers new incentive to seek alternative sources of feed, said Elizabeth Harsh of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. Corn typically accounts for 85 percent of cattle feed in feedlots, she said.

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