Animal Science, Department of


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Published in 2012 Beef Cattle Report (2012) p. 68-69. Copyright © 2012 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.


A metabolism study was conducted to evaluate the effects of feeding wet distillers grains (WDGS) and condensed distillers solubles (CDS), both separately and in combination, on the metabolism characteristics of feedlot steers. Diet had no impact on nutrient digestibility. Average ruminal pH was lower for steers fed CDS than for those fed WDGS alone, and steers fed WDGS spent less time below pH 5.6 than steers fed diets with no WDGS. Inclusion of CDS decreased ruminal acetate concentration and acetate to propionate ratio compared to diets with less or no CDS.