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Tyson Foods, Inc. Message Board

  • grgsvll grgsvll Aug 15, 2012 2:50 PM Flag

    anyone know what part of corn is feed?

    I heard that after ethanol is made from the sugars...just like moonshine...the rest of the corn crop goes into animal feed. True? The ethanol is not directly competitive with feed? Just wondering. Figured the Tyson board people would know.

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    • Additionally the corn stalk can be chopped and utilized as cattle feed, silage.

      And if you really want to delve into the bottom of the food chain, cattle are turned into corn fields after the corn is harvesterd to forage.

      After the cattle have done their thing, literally, pigs are turned into the field to root through what the cows leave behind.

      Contemplate that when you bite into your bacon cheese burger. :-O

    • Actually all of the corn is used as feed. When the corn is processed, such as into ethanol, the by product is corn distillers dried products, which actually leaves no nutritional value to the product but only as filler, since the process has utilized good product of the corn. You cannot feed this to chickens (poultry), but can be used in pork, and beef. Just like meat is regulated by the USDA-FSIS, the feed side is regulated by FDA and separate state run agencies. If you have any questions to ask feel free to contact me at

      • 1 Reply to iowameatman
      • The byproduct of corn that is made into ethanol is distillers grain. There is about a 25% loss in terms of what you have when the ethanol is made. You start with 100 bushels of corn and end up with 75 more or less. The feed is great for hogs and cattle but can't be used for chicken.
        I'm not sure what the byproducts of sugar cane made ethanol is, I do know that is a much more efficient and desired product than corn made ethanol.
        Either way, we are using something (corn) that we are short of to make something else that we are short of (Gas) instead of determining how to generate fuel needs from nuclear, natural gas, etc.

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