Replacing maize with alternative feed sources (AFS) such as Chinese jujubes, brewer's grains or tofu residues may prove economically advantageous.
Brewer's grains and soybean curd (tofu) residue are often used as a source of protein in cattle feeding in China, and dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS), which are readily digestible, contain a large amount of neutral detergent fiber (NDF), and are low in lignin.
Boffins at Scotland's Rural College found that cows fed on spent brewer's grains
produced less methane emissions because they were able to convert it into milk more efficiently.
This is likely to increase the cost of animal diets as farmers will have to incorporate purchased feeds, such as dark grains, sugar-beet and brewer's grains
, as a supplementary feed in the milking herd diet.
Brewer Mr Samociuk and wife Penny rear pigs on brewer's grains
at their business, Penlon Cottage Brewery in Llanarth, Cardiganshire, west Wales.
Feed for the dairy herd includes 3kg of processed home-grown wheat each day and 600 tonnes of brewer's grains
Gliotoxin contamination in and pre- and postfermented corn, sorghum and wet brewer's grains
silage in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.
Its mostly with black and white milkers calving all year, making and feeding as much good quality grass silage as the system will allow, supplementing with brewer's grains
and sugar beet pulp and using concentrates according to yield.
The milking herds (milked three times a day) number from 600 to 1,400, calve all year and are fed a mixture of forage maize with some straw for fibre, soya, rape, beet pulp, brewer's grains
Immediately his Keenan TMR specialist formulated a balanced ration which correctly met the specific needs of his cows, using brewer's grains
to stimulate intake, plus a combination of soda-grain and a balance of blends to drive forward milk yields and proteins.
Richard's Keenan Systems specialist recommended the use of the Keenan last summer to provide a buffer mix of straw, brewer's grains
and rolled barley plus minerals.