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Feed pellets donated to help US farmers

Coors Brewing Company will donate 1 million pounds of pellets to Operation Blizzard Benefit, a relief effort coordinated by the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, the state's leading agricultural organization.

Operation Blizzard Benefit is alleviating the difficulties suffered by ranchers and farmers as a result of the recent storms by coordinating and distributing donations throughout the state.

200,000 animals
The pellets, a by-product of the brewing process, consist of spent grain and are high in protein. Coors' donation, which is enough to feed 200,000 cattle for one day, will be distributed to farmers and ranchers by local chapters of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, the Colorado Livestock Association and Colorado Farm Bureau.

Unable to graze
Since late December, many ranchers and farmers in Colorado have faced challenges in keeping their herds alive. As a result of the recent storms, efforts to transport food to the ranches and to reach cattle to feed them have been obstructed, and cattle have been unable to graze in their natural habitat. The pellets, valued at approximately $75,000, will help feed cattle well into spring. The first shipments of pellets left the Coors Brewery today.

Related websites:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado Cattlemen's Association

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