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 feedlot trial was conducted to determine if wet corn gluten feed (WCGF) instead of forage could be used to adapt cattle to finishing rations and if this is economically feasible. Treatments were applied only during grain adaptation (26 days), and all steers were finished on a common diet (147 days) containing 35% WCGF. Steers adapted using WCGF had greater ADG and lower F:G. Treatment had no effect on carcass quality. Profits were higher for steers adapted to finishing diets using WCGF rather than those adapted with alfalfa hay.