High-energy feed alternatives for the feedlot industry

Type: Factsheet
Knowledge level: Introductory

During times of drought, alternative feeds can protect producers against escalating grain prices. This however, requires an ongoing commitment to use forward contracts to secure supply at a known fixed price.

This factsheet shows comparative energy values of alternatives to grain, so producers can assess on a cost per unit of energy basis.

This factsheet touches on:

  • sugarcane by-products
  • high ME silages
  • molasses
  • maize silage
  • grain and forage sorghum silages
  • fats and oils
  • whole cottonseed
  • cassava
  • commercial food wastes


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