Increased corn production to fuel Iowa's ethanol plants leads to diversion of cattle pasture land to cropland. This project looked at the value of using distillers' grain (an ethanol by-product) as a supplement for beef cattle feeding in a forage system.
Are there practical ways to use distillers' grains to stretch pasture supplies, and maintain or increase cattle numbers without overgrazing?
Methods exist to minimize waste in supplementation of grazing cattle and substitute corn co-products for forage. Producers must consider the cost tradeoffs and the rate of supplementation to be successful.
Year of Grant Completion
Loy, Daniel D. and Sellers, Joe, "Development and implementation of low-input delivery systems for ethanol co-products in forage-based beef systems" (2010). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 356.