Department of Animal Science


Date of this Version

January 2006


Published in 2006 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report. Copyright © 2005 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.


An experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of level of a low protein distillers by-product, Dakota Bran Cake (DBRAN), on feedlot performance and carcass characteristics of yearling steers. Diets contained 0, 15, 30, 45% DBRAN, or 30% dried distillers grains plus solubles (DDGS), replacing corn (DM basis). Final BW, ADG, and F:G improved linearly and daily DMI had a quadratic positive response as level of DBRAN in the diet increased. With the exception of HCW, there were no significant differences for carcass characteristics. The DBRAN had feeding performance similar to DDGS at the same inclusion level. Feeding DBRAN in this trial, up to 45% of the diet, resulted in improved performance compared to feeding high-moisture/dry-rolled corn, suggesting DBRAN has 100 - 108% of the energy value of corn.