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Leftover beer grains being fed to cows

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4:49 PM -

Russian River Brewing company in Santa Rosa, California is known world-wide for its beer, which uses grain as one of the main ingredients.

That left a lot of waste behind ... until they discovered the spent grain was a big hit with cows.

It seemed like a win-win situation for brewers and cow farmers -- but proposed FDA regulations may put the kibosh on the practice, unless expensive federal oversight is enacted to monitor handling of the spent grain.

Cattlemen and brewers both fear the additional cost and workload of tracking the spent grain could be too much.

If that's the case, they'll just end up sending the grain to the landfill.


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Cattlemen are hoping it doesn't come to that.

One farmer says the grain is so nutritious and sweet, he's dubbed it "cow candy".

The FDA is still reviewing the details of the proposed regulation. Revised language could be published by this summer.

For what it's worth, the brewery says they have never heard of any animal getting sick from spent grain and, in case you were wondering, it doesn't contain any alcohol.

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