Ethanol byproduct helps farmers and ranchers by offering high-protein livestock feed

Ethanol byproduct helps farmers and ranchers by offering high-protein livestock feed

By Dirk Lammers

San Diego Union Tribune

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The rising demand for corn to make renewable fuel might be hurting some dairy farmers and beef ranchers, but others are finding advantages to staying close to ethanol plants.

Converting corn into ethanol produces a byproduct called distillers grains, which can be used as high-protein livestock feed. Most are dried so they can be shipped across the country and overseas, but cattle ranchers within 50 miles or so from an ethanol plant can save money by buying wet distillers grains.

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