Project ID

E2006-12

Abstract

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.

Key Question

Are there practical ways to use distillers' grains to stretch pasture supplies, and maintain or increase cattle numbers without overgrazing?

Findings

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.

Principal Investigator(s)

Dan Loy

Co-Investigator(s)

Joe Sellers

Year of Grant Completion

2010

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