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Hog Producers Could Face Competition For Corn

by 5m Editor
17 October 2006, at 10:21am

US - Steve Turnquist says he's not opposed to trying something new, so when dry distillers grains became available at a local ethanol plant, he started using them in his hog operation.

Three years later, the corn product is a large part of his Northwest Iowa farrow-to-finish operation. "It's done pretty well for us," says Turnquist, who farms with his brothers Dave and Jon near Alta in Buena Vista County, Iowa.

"We belong to the Quad County Corn Processors so we get a discount on the distillers from the plant in Galva, so it has been cost effective as well."

Turnquist starts implementing distillers into his ration when pigs reach 50 pounds, and uses it through finishing. Rations are balanced by a nutritionist, and then feed is ground on the farm. Distillers comprise 10 percent of the total ration, Turnquist says.

Source: Livestock Roundup


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