Department of Animal Science


Date of this Version



2019 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report


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A digestion study was conducted to determine the effects of feeding a new, high protein distillers grains and corn bran plus solubles on nutrient digestibility. Treatments included a corn-based control, high protein distillers at both 20% and 40%, corn bran plus solubles, traditional wet distillers grains and traditional dry distillers grains all at 40% of diet DM. Feeding high protein distillers grains or corn bran plus solubles resulted in decreased digestibility compared to corn or traditional wet and dry distillers grains, but increased energy intake. Traditional wet and dry distillers grains also resulted in decreased digestibilities while energy intake was increased. Volatile fatty acid profiles and pH parameters were not different across treatments. Overall, nutrient digestibility for high protein distillers grains and corn bran plus solubles is similar to traditional wet or dry distillers grains.