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How do DDGS impact feedlot cattle fat levels? What are your options for pasture conservation alternatives? We’ve done the research for that.

Wrinkle: Are DDGS a Good Winter Supplement?

Recent research demonstrates how producers can use DDGS to reduce feed costs and improve livestock performance. Research from North Dakota State University and the University of Nebraska provide excellent examples of these types of applications. Both of these articles highlight the importance of evaluating supplementation programs based not only on cost, but convenience and animal performance.

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Wrinkle: Open Sesame to Unlock Dakota Gold Treasure

Determining the nutritional value of DDGS can sometimes prove difficult. We can measure value based on dollars per unit of protein or energy or perhaps calculate as a percentage of corn. However, DDGS provides both protein and energy and as a result, when we calculate value based on a single nutrient such as protein, we underestimate DDGS value. Comparing nutritional value to other ingredients using software such as Sesame provides a compromise between these two different approaches.

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Wrinkle: Are All DDGS the Same?

Peer-reviewed research demonstrates DDGS differ based on production process. This information challenges industry perceptions about DDGS quality and suggests that nutritionists and ingredient buyers need to look at each DDGS differently when determining a value.

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