Department of Animal Science


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Published in 2009 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report (Lincoln, NE: December, 2008). Copyright © 2008 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.


A finishing study was conducted to determine the effect of utilizing dry-rolled (DRC) or steam-flaked (SFC) corn in diets containing wet distillers grains without solubles (WDG). An interaction between corn processing method and DG level was observed for average daily gain (ADG) and feed-gain ratio (F:G), but not for dry matter intake (DMI). In diets containing DRC, ADG increased quadratically (P = 0.02) as WDG level increased, but no difference was observed in gain when steers were fed SFC diets with increasing level of WDG. Feed efficiency responded quadratically for diets containing DRC, with an optimum WDG inclusion of 20% of diet DM (P < 0.01) No difference in F:G was observed as WDG increased in SFC-based diets.