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 growing study compared wet distillers grains plus solubles (WDGS) and solubles ensiled with wheat straw individually fed to crossbred steers. Four blends of ensiled distillers grain and solubles were used to compare performance on growing calves versus feeding ensiled byproducts alone. Increasing the level of distillers grains in the diet increased average daily gain (ADG) and dry matter intake (DMI). The nonensiled distillers grain treatments had at least equal ADG and feed-to-gain ratio (F:G) compared to the ensiled treatments.