Animal Science Department


Date of this Version

January 1998


Published in Nebraska Beef Cattle Report 1998, published by Agricultural Research Division, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Three trials evaluated solvent-extracted germ meal for finishing ruminants. Dry corn bran and steep liquor/ distillers solubles were fed in combination with solvent-extracted germ meal to evaluate interactions of byproduct blends. Byproducts enhanced intake and gain relative to dry-rolled corn diets. Adding tallow to byproduct diets increased efficiency. Feeding solvent-extracted germ meal with steep liquor heightened performance, but the benefit diminished when steep liquor level reached 30% of dry matter. Including solvent-extracted germ meal with wet corn gluten feed influenced neither daily gain nor intake. Results show solvent-extracted germ meal, either alone or blended with steep liquor/distillers solubles and dry corn bran, is an effective energy source for finishing cattle.