Research: feeding turkeys corn distillers grains
Researchers in Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station are now looking at feeding
corn distillers grains to turkeys.
Five barns occupy the turkey field-research site in UMore Park, Minnesota, which also
serves as a testing ground for about 7,600 birds.
According to extension poultry specialist Sally Noll, researchers are
looking at feeding corn distillers grains to turkeys, which is a by-product of
ethanol production. While distilled corn is less nutritious, Noll believes that
turkeys can still have a diet of up to 30% of the ethanol byproduct.
"Turkey production is really important to the state economically," Noll
said, adding that it is the largest turkey producer in the country, supplying 46
million birds each year.
"We need to be involved in terms of helping the industry solve some of its
problems," she said, noting that results could help producers be more
cost-efficient now that corn prices are increasing. This is particularly true
considering a tom turkey eats 120 pounds of feed in his lifetime, and a hen eats
about 35 pounds of feed.
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