Feedlot Nutrition and Growth and Management

Substituting Wet Distillers Grains or Condensed Distillers Solubles for Corn Grain in Finishing Diets for Yearling Heifers

Author
  • Allen Trenkle (Iowa State University)

Abstract

A feeding trial was conducted with 790-lb yearling heifers fed an average of 121 days to evaluate replacing cracked corn and supplemental urea with wet distillers grains or condensed distillers solubles. Wet distillers grains were evaluated at 16%, 28% and 40% of diet dry matter. Condensed distillers solubles were added at 6.5% of diet dry matter. Control diets were supplemented with urea or a combination of urea and soybean meal. Feeding 16% wet distillers grains or condensed distillers solubles increased gain of heifers compared with those fed the control urea diet. Increasing the amount of wet distillers grains tended to decrease feed intake and reduce gain. The calculated apparent net energy based on gain of the heifers was greatest for the heifers fed 16% wet distillers grains. The apparent energy of the wet distillers grains declined as the quantity fed was increased. The calculated net energy values were 1.09 and 1.35 Mcal/lb of dry matter for the average of the three concentrations of wet distillers grains and condensed distillers solubles. These results confirm the high energy values of wet distillers grains relative to cracked corn as observed in a previous steer feeding trial.

Keywords: ASL R1451

How to Cite:

Trenkle, A., (1998) “Substituting Wet Distillers Grains or Condensed Distillers Solubles for Corn Grain in Finishing Diets for Yearling Heifers”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 1(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 1998
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