High sulfur content in distillers grains with solubles may be deleterious to beef steer performance and carcass quality

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dc.contributor.author Uwituze, S.
dc.contributor.author Parsons, G.L.
dc.contributor.author Schneider, C.J.
dc.contributor.author Karges, K.K.
dc.contributor.author Gibson, M.L.
dc.contributor.author Hollis, Larry C.
dc.contributor.author Drouillard, James S.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-30T16:53:38Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-30T16:53:38Z
dc.date.issued 2011-03-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/8144
dc.description.abstract Distillers grains with solubles are becoming an increasingly important staple of cattle diets because of rapid expansion of the fuel ethanol industry. Sulfuric acid often is used in ethanol production processes to clean and control the pH of fermenters. Consequently, distillers grains with solubles can occasionally contain high sulfur concentrations. Within the rumen, sulfur is converted to hydrogen sulfide gas by ruminal microbes. Hydrogen sulfide is eructated from the rumen and subsequently aspirated into the lungs; excess amounts of hydrogen sulfide can cause polioencephalomalacia (brainers). Polioencephalomalacia is characterized by increased respiration, decreased feed intake, listlessness, muscular incoordination, progressive blindness, and necrosis of brain tissue. Elevated sulfur levels also may have deleterious effects on cattle growth performance and carcass characteristics. The objective of this study was to evaluate effects of sulfur content in dried distillers grains with solubles on ruminal gas concentrations, feedlot performance, and carcass characteristics of finishing steers fed diets based on steam-flaked corn or dry-rolled corn. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Cattlemen’s Day, 2010 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 10-170-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 1029 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Beef Cattle Research, 2010 is known as Cattlemen’s Day, 2010 en_US
dc.subject Beef en_US
dc.subject Sulfur en_US
dc.subject Distillers grains en_US
dc.subject Performance en_US
dc.subject Carcass quality en_US
dc.title High sulfur content in distillers grains with solubles may be deleterious to beef steer performance and carcass quality en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.citation.epage 107 en_US
dc.citation.spage 103 en_US
dc.description.conference Cattlemen's Day, 2010, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March 5, 2010 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid gparsons en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid lhollis en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jdrouill en_US


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