Animal Science, Department of


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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.


An experiment was conducted using 70 cows to evaluate performance when limit limit-fed grain byproducts. Cows in the wet distillers grains plus solubles (WDGS) treatment group and those in the distillers solubles (DS) treatment group were limit fed a diet containing 41% byproduct and 59% cornstalks. The control (CON) treatment consisted of ad libitum intake of 43% brome hay, 34% cornstalks and 23% alfalfa haylage. Cows fed WDGS were heavier compared to those in the DS and CON treatment groups. Average daily gain (ADG) tend¬ed to be greater for WDGS treatment compared to the CON treatment. These data suggest that performance of cows limit-fed either WDGS or DS stored in a bunker is similar to that of cows fed an ad libitum forage diet.