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Evaluation of moist co-products for finishing dairy-bred bulls.

Experiment was to compare the effect of feeding a Traffordgold/bread/sugar beet feed mix against a high cereal ration on the performance of intensively finished bulls.

Year of Publication2011

Traffordgold is a moist co-product from the processing of wheat to produce alcohol, starch and wheat gluten for the food and drink industry from Cargill’s Manchester distillery. Annual production is currently approximately 280,000 tonnes which is available to feed to livestock. The analysis of Traffordgold is as follows: 470g/kg dry matter, 220g crude protein/kg DM, and 13.4 ME MJ/kg DM. Since feed accounts for 75-85% of the variable costs of beef production, the use of alternative feeds that have a low cost per unit of energy and protein are worthy of investigation. The objective of this experiment was to compare the effect of feeding a Traffordgold/bread/sugar beet feed mix against a high cereal ration on the performance of intensively finished bulls. The rationale for mixing processed bread and sugar beet feed with Traffordgold was to reduce the crude protein to a level more suited to finishing bulls and maintain the high energy content of the mix.

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