By-Products . . . By Design

By-Products . . . By Design

When we talk about cattle feeds, corn could be considered our gold standard. So should we just give cows all the corn they want? Alfalfa often represents the ultimate forage — why don’t we just run cows on straight alfalfa pastures? Cost is important in feeding management, and corn cobs are almost free; shall we feed lots of them, and nothing else?

These questions sound ridiculous to anyone familiar with cattle. We know we have to combine and manage feeds to provide balanced diets, without potentially dangerous excesses or shortages. But that begs another question: why, then, would anyone think it a good idea to give their cows open and unlimited access to CCDS (“corn syrup”), or any other ‘cheap’ byproduct?


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