Anti-spore substance in cow feed?

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By Piss Chill (Catfishjohn) on Monday, November 12, 2001 - 02:36 pm:

A friend was living in Georgia in an area surrounded by pastures. When he repeatedly failed to find cubies on the paddies he asked the locals and was told the farmers there add something to the cow feed to prevent paddy fruits. Sounds like an urban legend to me, but can someone confirm or discount the existence of said product? Thanks in advance, CJ

By quote: (Quote) on Monday, November 12, 2001 - 02:50 pm:

i've heard the same.

By Nan (Nanook) on Monday, November 12, 2001 - 05:43 pm:

I have heard it, never have seen documentation to support it. Anybody know what product they could be adding to cattle feed to act as a fungicide?

By The Roc (Rochester) on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 - 07:15 pm:

The anti-fungicide is added in this area to prevent spoilage in storage - can't tell you what it is but we have NO fruiting paddys here anymore.

By Lichen (Lichen) on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 - 07:30 pm:

I wonder what that does to the steer. It's really sad they feel it's nessesary to do that. However, I doubt it's designed to stop mushrooms from growing in the fields. The main reason is to keep molds from destroying the feed in storage; surely they realize fungus in the field is a prime agent in breaking down the manure? Of course, in yards where they also scoop it up and bag it and sell it for fertilizer, it doesn't matter, because they don't want their product to break down

By The Roc (Rochester) on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 - 07:46 pm:

Screw the steer-what does it do to the human that eats it???

By Lichen (Lichen) on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 - 07:51 pm:

well, that's kinda what I meant...obviously nobody's worried about the steer beyond raising it long enough to slaughter it

By Some Body (Texasshroomer) on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 - 07:56 pm:

I too have asked many people about this topic. The most common thing I hear is as follows:

Any rancher who receives government subsidies to obtain grain to feed their cows can only get the feed that contains the fungicide. The govt. mandates this to prevent the growth of our favorite type of mushrooms. From what I hear, that is the only reason for this antifungal feed. I also hear that it is not as common as the non-fungicidal grain, so you should still be able to find shrooms when the conditions are right at the majority of cow shit covered fields.

I live in Texas and we have plenty of cattle so I figure that it is true that the subsidized grain contains the fungicide. Whether or not it is to prevent spoilage or to stop shroomies or both is uncertain.

The accuracy of my post is only based on what I've been told by word of mouth.

Hope this may help,


By The Roc (Rochester) on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 - 08:20 pm:

Just checked into it in my Northern state and was told that it is done here to prevent shrooms from growing all over the local dairys... info from my local feed store clerk.

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