Department of Animal Science



Richard K. Perrin

Date of this Version



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.


Research at the University of Nebraska and other institutions has demonstrated the feasibility of feeding corn sweetener/ethanol industry byproducts directly to cattle in wet form, rather than marketing them as dried feeds. Using a combination of experimental results, survey data and market prices, the average value of these wet feed products was about $130 per ton of dry matter during the 1990s, compared to their alternative value as dried feed of $93 per ton. Given the amounts fed, the annual net benefits of this innovation in Nebraska grew from about $1 million in 1992 to an annual average of about $42 million during 1997-99.