Department of Animal Science


Date of this Version

January 1996


Published in 1996 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report; published by Agricultural Research Division, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Demand for ethanol and coin sweeteners is on the rise and is predicted to increase in the future. This trend will result in an abundance of byproducts that are potentially economical alternatives to corn. Wet distillers grains and wet corn gluten feed are currently used as sources of protein and energy in feedlot diets. Previous research indicates that wet corn byproducts (distillers grains and thin stillage) are higher in net energy than corn grain; however, wet corn gluten feed (WCGF) is similar in net energy to corn. Potential differences between wet distillers byproducts and WCGF include lipid content, escape protein level, and NDF level. Therefore, two finishing trials evaluated the effect of a composite of feed ingredients formulated to be similar in nutrient composition as wet distillers byproducts.