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Beer Brewers Object To New Rules On Feeds For Cows

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New federal regulations to make sure feed is safe for animals may have an unintended consequence. Beer brewers are objecting to a proposed federal rule that would make it harder for breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed, instead of throwing them away. Don Ford shows us that involves cows and beer. Russian River Brewing Company is Santa Rosa is known world-wide for its beer, beer that is brewed right here. Behind the bar. Grain is one of the main ingredients. "Brew batches ah couple times ah week so we're gonna have a lot of grain left over that's usable," says Manny Carretero, assistant general manager of Russian River Brewing. One man's trash is another man's treasure in this case. Cattle feed, the brewery needs to get rid of it, and cows love to eat it, a match made in heaven. It's a win-win situation for everybody," says Rick Olufs, owner of Olufs Ranches. Or at least it was, rancher Rick Olufs says. Proposed FDA regulations may outlaw the practice, unless expensive federal oversight is enacted to monitor the handling of the spent grain. "Once they get their foot in the door, they start regulating something then there's a whole mess of paperwork that follows behind it," Olufs says. "It's one more step in the process that we really don't have room for," says Carretero. Cattlemen and brewers both fear the additional cost and workload of tracking the spent grain could be too much. And just end up sending it to the landfill nobody thinks that is a good idea. "Rick says this stuff is so nutritious and sweet, he calls it cow candy. What's it taste like?aks reporter Don Ford. "Ummm, good!" says Olufs. The FDA is still reviewing the details of the proposed regulation and revised language could be published by this summer. Russian River Brewery says they have never heard of any animal getting sick from spent grain. And in case you were wondering, there is no alcohol in the spent grain from the brewery.

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