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beef cows, heifers, distillers, nutrition, protein

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ExEx 2078


Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering


In recent years, the expansion of corn-based ethanol production has resulted in an abundance and variety of co-product feedstuffs. As research with distillers co-products has evolved, findings have indicated that the value of the protein and energy content of these feeds is suitable for use in beef cattle diets. In an era of volatile feed costs, these feeds can alleviate some of the burden of high grain prices. The biggest concerns in feeding these products to beef cattle are the potential for high sulfur and phosphorus concentrations, variation in nutrient composition as it changes relative to source and season, and the need for adequate storage facilities and handling equipment to avoid spoilage and loss.


June 2011.