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Effect of low-oil corn dried distillers’ grains with solubles on growth performance, carcass traits and beef fatty acid profile of feedlot cattle
- He, M. L., Xu, L., Yang, W. Z., Gibb, D., McAllister, T. A.
- Canadian journal of plant science 2014 v.94 no.2 pp. 343-347
- barley, beef, beef cattle, carcass characteristics, corn, crossbreds, diet, distillers grains, fatty acid composition, fatty acids, feedlots, finishing, growth performance, silage, steers
- He, M. L., Xu, L., Yang, W. Z., Gibb, D. and McAllister, T. A. 2014. Effect of low-oil corn dried distillers’ grains with solubles on growth performance, carcass traits and beef fatty acid profile of feedlot cattle. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 94: 343–347. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of dietary inclusion of low-oil corn dried distillers’ grains with solubles (LO-DDGS) on growth, carcass traits and beef fatty acids profiles of finishing feedlot cattle. One hundred and eighty British crossbred steers (450±28.5 kg; six pens/treatment) were offered barley grain-barley silage as the control diet with LO-DDGS replacing barley grain at 200 and 300 g kg⁻¹ dry matter basis in treatment diets. Compared with control, LO-DDGS at 200 g kg⁻¹ did not affect growth performance or carcass traits, whereas at 300 g kg⁻¹ it decreased (P<0.05) gain:feed, but increased (P<0.05) levels of desirable fatty acids in beef. LO-DDGS can replace 200 g kg⁻¹ barley grain in finishing feedlot diets without undesirable impacts on growth performance or carcass traits.