New edition of corn co-products manual for feedlots available

LINCOLN, NE – A new edition of “Feeding Corn Milling Co-Products to Feedlot Cattle,” a popular publication that provides feedlot operators, animal nutritionists and others with the latest research and sound recommendations on feeding corn co-products like distillers grains to cattle, is now available from the Nebraska Corn Board and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

This is the third edition of the publication and offers a significant update since it was last published in 2007.

“The availability and use of corn co-products like distillers grains, which are produced by ethanol plants, has increased significantly since 2007. At the same time, we’ve expanded our knowledge and understanding when it comes to recommendations that are backed by quality research,” said Kelly Brunkhorst, director of research for the Nebraska Corn Board.

“Feeding Corn Milling Co-Products to Feedlot Cattle” is a 36-page printed publication that is available free by request to the Nebraska Corn Board. Electronic copies are also available for download at, under the publications section, or at the university’s website.

Authors of the publication include Galen Erickson, Crystal Buckner and Terry Klopfenstein of the Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska. Most of the research cited in the manual was completed at the University of Nebraska, with portions of that being funded by the Nebraska Corn Board.

“The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been a great partner and leader in conducting research on the feeding of corn co-products like distillers grains and gluten feed to cattle, and this publication is a tremendous resource for those who manage or work with feedlots,” Brunkhorst said.

The beef publication is the second research compilation to be released by the Nebraska Corn Board and University this year. The first – “Feeding Corn Milling Co-Products to Forage Fed Cattle” – was published in August as a 24-page printed and electronic publication available at This was the first printing of the forage manual.

The two publications are among a series produced by the Nebraska Corn Board in conjunction with the University of Nebraska. “Utilization of Corn Co-Products in the Dairy Industry” and “Storage of Wet Corn Co-Products” were published in 2008 and are also available online.

The Nebraska Corn Board is a self-help program, funded and managed by Nebraska corn farmers. Producers invest in the program at a rate of 1/4 of a cent per bushel of corn sold. Nebraska corn checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research and education. For more, go to

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