Over past two decades, ethanol production has increased, and in turn, the byproduct of this industry (distillers grains) has become more available.
Acceptable substitute supplementation for distillers grains depends on the class of livestock fed, the basal diet available, and the desired performance.
Temperatures drop, sunshine dims and pastures stop growing. That’s when cow nutrition becomes critical.
Ethanol co-products such as modified distillers grains plus solubles can be a cost effective fiber based protein and energy source that complement grazing resources.
As hay prices continue to rise, many Midwest cattle producers are searching for cheaper alternatives to winter feeding.
Low prices and adverse harvest conditions often drive us toward alternative options that – if nothing else – are perceived to add value to a crop.
Cereal grains and other byproduct feeds also may be purchased at a significant cost savings.
Supplementing can potentially save some grass and assist producers in maintaining normal cattle numbers even during drought conditions.