Research from several universities demonstrates that corn gluten feed, a byproduct of the wet-corn milling process, is an excellent feedstuff for livestock and can save money for beef producers. A new bulletin released by Kansas State University titled “Corn Gluten Feed” outlines how producers can economically benefit from including the product in their ranch or feedyard rations.

From the milling process to storage issues, ranchers should be able to find answers to their questions with this bulletin, says K-State Research and Extension Animal Scientist Dale Blasi.

In 1999, Kansas farmers produced 419 million bushels of corn on 3 million acres. Blasi estimates the value of corn in Kansas at $800 million, based on the current average price of a bushel. This year, the number of acres planted to corn in Kansas exceeded wheat acres. According to Blasi, the increase of corn production in Kansas has farmers and cattlemen looking for byproducts that increase the crop’s value and lower feed costs.

Corn gluten feed, also known by CGF, is produced from the wet corn milling process. Blasi said that corn gluten feed offers significant amounts of energy, crude protein, digestible fiber and minerals. It can be fed to dairy cattle, cattle on grass, or in finishing diets. According to Blasi, corn gluten feed can help beef and dairy producers reduce costs dramatically if it is readily accessible and priced competitively. Currently CGF is milled in Nebraska and Iowa, but not in Kansas.

For more information on corn gluten feed, you can access the bulletin on the World Wide Web at www.oznet.ksu.edu/library.