Department of Animal Science


Date of this Version

January 2001


Published in Nebraska Beef Cattle Report 2001, published by Agricultural Research Division, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Thirty calves were used in an 84-day growth trial to evaluate protein efficiency of corn steep compared to soybean meal. Calves were individually fed a base diet supplemented with either 1) urea, 2) soybean meal, or 3) corn steep. Soybean meal and corn steep were fed at graded levels replacing urea. In vitro ammonia release analyses showed the protein in both corn steep and soybean meal to be approximately 30% undegradable in the rumen. Calves fed corn steep had similar protein efficiency to calves fed soybean meal, supporting the in vitro data.