“The emerging ethanol industry creates new opportunities and challenges for livestock and poultry producers,” said John Lawrence, economics professor who directs the Iowa Beef Center. “On one hand, it’s use of corn presents competition for feed, but ethanol processing produces a new feedstuff, distillers grains with solubles (DGS).”The new site, Livestock and Poultry in the Bioeconomy, is available online at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/livebio.
The site offers advice to beef, swine, dairy and poultry producers through reports, software and links to other Web sites. Most of the information deals with feeding DDGS and the economics of the new feed source.
“Cash receipts from animal agriculture make up more than half of Iowa’s cash farm receipts, and nationally livestock and poultry production is the largest use for corn,” Lawrence said. “This site is a resource for the latest research from Iowa State and other universities on feeding and managing ethanol co-products.”Dried Distillers Grains, a co-product of the ethanol process, provide an important nutrition feed source for animals.
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