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Animal Sciences

2006

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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The Cost Of Corn Processing For Finishing Cattle, C. N. Macken, G. E. Erickson, T. J. Klopfenstein Jan 2006

The Cost Of Corn Processing For Finishing Cattle, C. N. Macken, G. E. Erickson, T. J. Klopfenstein

Faculty Papers and Publications in Animal Science

Three corn processing methods were compared for use in 5,000- and 20,000-head capacity feedlots. Processing methods were dry-rolled (DRC), early harvest and ensiling high-moisture (HMC), and steam-flaked corn (SFC). Processing costs were determined to be $1.58, $4.71, and $9.57/t (metric ton; DM basis) for DRC, HMC, and SFC, respectively, for the 5,000-capacity feedlot. Processing costs were less for the 20,000-capacity feedlot at $0.81, $3.07, and $6.23/t (DM basis) for DRC, HMC, and SFC, respectively. Using these economic calculations in an 85% corn diet (DM basis), an improvement of ...