So, why do I bring this up? It just so happens that the most abundant polymer on Earth is also one of least digestible polymers for simple stomach mammals such as humans, and its main purpose is to serve as a “dietary fiber.”
|A field of one form of cellulose - grass hay - that has been mowed and will be baled soon.|
I find this astonishing! Such a small percentage of symbiotic bacteria present in the stomach of a ruminant animal allow an otherwise indigestible polysaccharide to be degraded to glucose and utilized for the production of animal protein which can be consumed by humans and feed our families. And remember when I said cellulose is the most abundant organic polymer in the world??
These are some pictures from my family’s operation during
the hay season. Yes, due to baling hay and other feed production methods,
cattle can continue to utilize cellulose to convert it to animal protein throughout
late fall and winter when grass is dormant and of poor nutritional value! Long after the pastures have turned brown from the cold, cattle are eating grasses and forages that are unfit for human consumption to produce safe, healthy and wholesome beef.
|This is a hay baler - it picks up the mowed hay and winds it into |
large bales which are used to feed livestock and horses.
Thank you for reading,