Americans have become accustomed to purchasing whatever is sitting on a store shelf without considering where it is made. The belief that nothing is produced in the United States often stops shoppers from considering whether or not to look at labels or spend a little time researching if better options exist. One of the biggest imports is animal feed. The consumers purchasing feed must be aware of the options because there are a lot of reasons why this is one product where everyone should always buy American.
Ensuring Safer Products
Animal feed includes domestic pet food but it often refers to feed that is used to sustain livestock. The quality of the food these animals eat matters for two reasons. The first is the health and quality of the animal it produces. Those that grow faster and have fewer health concerns are more profitable to ranchers and farmers. The second reason is the quality of the meat that ends up on dinner tables. The largest suppliers of feed in the world are companies based in China. Their products are somewhat safer than in previous years, but there are still concerns. Chinese feed producers still use toxins in their feed. Many of the companies consider them safe despite studies to the contrary.
Keeping Americans Employed
In January of 2017, China began placing large tariffs, approximately a 15 percent increase, on American grain entering their country. When farmers and ranchers purchase animal feed made in the United States they help to keep the economy healthier and prevent some of the loss that American farmers could experience due to the higher duties. In addition, the added sales help local businesses to compete more easily on a global scale with Chinese companies.
Growing Healthier Herds
American animal feed companies deliver high-quality products. Everything is produced to grow animals that are larger and healthier than every before. The balanced feed, available supplements and quality raw materials prove their commitment to offering the best possible product.
It is important to research everything before making any purchases. Where it is made, the safety precautions the company uses and the long term results matter. Taking the time to buy American made products ensures that the food the U.S. produces is a genuine reflection of the hard work of every farmer and rancher involved.