Crude glycerin improves feed efficiency in finishing heifers

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dc.contributor.author Van Cleef, E.H.C.B.
dc.contributor.author Uwituze, S.
dc.contributor.author Alvarado, C.A.
dc.contributor.author Miller, K.A.
dc.contributor.author Van Bibber-Krueger, C.L.
dc.contributor.author Aperce, C.C.
dc.contributor.author Higgins, James J.
dc.contributor.author Drouillard, James S.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-19T17:37:02Z
dc.date.available 2013-03-19T17:37:02Z
dc.date.issued 2013-03-19
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/15374
dc.description.abstract Crude glycerin is the principal byproduct of biodiesel production. The raw feedstocks, animal fats and vegetable oils, yield approximately 90 lb of biodiesel and 10 lb of crude glycerin for each 100 lb of input. When ingested by cattle, glycerin has two major fates: (1) direct absorption by the rumen epithelium, and (2) fermentation by microorganisms within the rumen to generate volatile fatty acid, mainly propionate. Using glycerin in feedlot cattle diets has become common, particularly as a component of liquid feed supplements. We have evaluated the use of crude glycerin in cattle diets in previous studies and generally have observed positive effects on dry matter intake and feed efficiency when fed up to 8% of the diet on a dry matter basis. Crude glycerin can be highly variable in its composition, however, containing varying proportions of residual alcohol, soaps, and salts. Our focus in the present experiment was on the sodium content of crude glycerin. We hypothesized that the high concentration of sodium in glycerin, when combined with salt that normally is incorporated into feedlot diets, would result in abnormally high levels of sodium that could have deleterious consequences for feed consumption. The objective of this study was to evaluate feedlot performance and carcass characteristics of finishing heifers fed diets containing high levels of crude glycerin in the presence and absence of added salt. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 13-162-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 1083 en_US
dc.subject Cattle en_US
dc.subject Crude glycerin en_US
dc.subject Feed efficiency en_US
dc.subject Heifers en_US
dc.subject Dry matter intake en_US
dc.subject Feedlot performance en_US
dc.subject Carcass characteristics en_US
dc.title Crude glycerin improves feed efficiency in finishing heifers en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 2013 en_US
dc.citation.epage 62 en_US
dc.citation.spage 59 en_US
dc.description.conference Cattlemen's Day, 2013, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March 1, 2013 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jhiggins en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jdrouill en_US


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