Department of Animal Science


Date of this Version



2019 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report


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The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of feeding high protein corn distillers grains on fresh beef quality. Steers were fed one of five diets, either a corn control, high protein distillers grains plus solubles, dry distillers grains plus solubles, wet distillers grains plus solubles, or bran plus solubles diet. Strip loins were aged for 2, 9, or 23 days and placed under retail display conditions for 0 or 7 days. Dietary treatment had no effect on tenderness within each aging period. There were also no differences between treatments for proximate composition, free calcium in the muscle, and sarcomere length. Results suggest that feeding high protein distillers grains decreases color stability and increases lipid oxidation when compared to corn diets leading to reduced shelf life.