In Florida, where record cold weather has all but ruined the citrus crop, the hard-pressed fruit farmers have struck a deal with equally troubled cattle ranchers.
In Florida, where record cold weather has all but ruined the citrus crop, the hard-pressed fruit farmers have struck a deal with equally troubled cattle ranchers. Frozen fruit, which drops from the trees, cannot legally be sold for human consumption..but it must be picked up. That's where the cattle men come in. Their ranges, usually green the year around, are almost useless. Cattle are starving by the thousands. So, out of adversity, an experiment was born. Cattlemen were given the frozen citrus free for the taking. The big question: would the cattle eat the grapefruit and oranges? And if they would how would it affect their digestion? (HOLD TO REAR SHOT CATTLE FOLLOW TRUCK)
As it turned out, the cattle were at least willing to give the citrus a try. For one thing they were hungry. For another, they were surprisingly curious. The more gluttonous took their grapefruit whole. The gourmets stamped them to pulp and savoured the taste. The more cautious took a little extra time in acquiring a taste for citrus. (HOLD TO STEER PICKING FRUIT OFF TRUCK)
After a few tries the cows were convinced. Herds were seen galloping after the trucks from the fruit groves. And a final happy twist feeding tests now show that citrus..and especially grapefruit..is very nutritious. The Florida Citrus Commission is pleased. The Florida Cattlemen's Association is pleased. And the cattle are pleased. No word yet on what the milk tastes like.