April 11, 2011

Cows, Chickens and Fish Eat Kosher for Passover Long Before Humans

Jerusalem…Israel's farms and fisheries have been feeding their animals and fish with kosher feed since Purim – 30 days before Passover holiday – in order to ensure the highest levels of kashrut during the holiday. Dairy farmers make certain that the feed given to cows has none of the grains which are not kosher for Passover ensuring that milk marketed at Passover will be completely kosher. Dairy farmers say they even change the hay during the Passover to assure that it does not come from grains. Yaakov Bachar, CEO of the cattle breeders association said that because cows have delicate stomachs, the transition is done gradually. Fisheries also change over to a hametz-free meal that is given to fish raised in the ponds. The Fishbreeders Association said that the factories which supply the mix were scrupulously cleaned and prepared for Passover and the meal was exchanged for one that does not contain grains.


The Poultry Farmers Association has also assured the authorities that all chicken products being sold ahead of the Passover have had feed that was certified kosher for Passover. Some 2,800 tons of fish are expected to be sold ahead of the holiday reflecting a 17% increase over last year. The majority of the demand is for carp which are bred in pools. The Agriculture Ministry says that average egg consumption in Israel goes up from 20 eggs a months to 22. 90% are locally raised with 10% coming from Turkey. Israel is the world's fourth largest consumer of eggs – after Japan, France and the US.