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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: Distillers or Corn: What Should I Feed My Cattle?

The availability and affordability of distillers grains provides an attractive and economical option when compared to corn. If we evaluate the nutrient values of distillers grains (dry or wet) against corn, we determine that the energy advantages in distillers may result in better growth performance of feedlot cattle.

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Wrinkle: Can Distillers Grains Improve Feedlot Performance?

We often get questions about the differences between forms of distillers (dry, modified, or wet) and what form cattle producers should use in their ration. If we look at the nutritional profile of each ingredient, we see very little difference beside moisture. However, research from the University of Nebraska shows that cattle performance can differ based on form of distillers and may even perform better than corn.

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Wrinkle: How Do DDGS and ProPellets Provide Options for Cow/Calf Producers?

Since DDGS provides a good source of highly digestible energy and protein, beef cattle producers can feed other lower quality ingredients in combination with DDGS and still meet the nutrient requirements of the animal. Research from the University of Nebraska now provides data to demonstrate the value of including DDGS in different beef feeding programs.

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Wrinkle: DDGS vs SoyPass - Do DDGS Provide Ample Protein?

What additional protein do I need to include when I’m feeding distillers?” We often get this question from producers or nutritionists because they feel additional types (ruminally available vs “bypass”) of protein will promote animal performance. To address this question, University of Nebraska researchers conducted two experiments to measure cattle response to either urea or SoyPass. Results from both studies provided additional insights on this very important question

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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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