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Cheryl Anderson DTN Staff Reporter

Monday 04/07/14

Distillers Grains Less Likely to Cause Bloat Than Corn Fines

Using ethanol co-products can help livestock get the most out of rations, and with less risk of bloat, according to an article by Midwest Producers (http://bit.ly/…).

Chris Reinhardt, extension feedlot specialist at Kansas State University, said DDG is often less likely to cause bloat than corn fines.

Most nutritionists recommend a coarse crack for corn in order to achieve good digestion and minimize risk of bloat or acidosis. Although the particle size of DDG is very fine, its high fiber content makes it much less of a risk for bloat than corn fines.

Another benefit of wet or modified distillers grains is the high moisture content helps prevent fine particles settling to the bottom of the feed bunk.

Reinhardt added that co-products such as dried distillers grains are often used between 20% and 60% of the dry matter of rations and are often priced at a value to corn.

Cheryl Anderson can be reached at Cheryl.anderson@dtn.com.

(CZ)

Posted at 12:49PM CDT 04/07/14 by Cheryl Anderson
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