At 40% inclusion rates, distillers has 130% the feed value of corn. Nebraska research has looked at the impact on feed value and found very little.
"For feedlots that find ways to fill pens, distillers grains continue as a practical alternative to corn. Wet distillers grains and solubles (WDGS) hold the greatest promise for finishing cattle, feed value exceeding 130 percent that of corn at up to 40 percent inclusion.
That's according to Galen Erickson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension feedlot specialist.
"Wetter is better," he said. But transportation costs add up, so one way to cut back is to extract most of the oil. Nebraska research has looked at the impact on feed value and found very little.
Feedlots may also fill some pens by taking in cow/calf pairs, noted UNL colleague Terry Klopfenstein. He summarized research with initial data that shows that is cost-effective as long as cows can spend the winter grazing on stalks or other cheap feed.
Those remarks led off the panel discussions in Omaha, while in Kansas that slot went to Pratt Feeders manager Jerry Bohn. He revealed preliminary results comparing cattle fed with and without shade in the feedlot, where performance was unaffected."