Effect of dietary inclusion of wheat distillers grains from the bioethanol industry on production and metabolism of lactating dairy cows

Published 5 November 15

European and UK livestock farmers are heavily reliant on imported protein sources, exposing the sector to fluctuations in the market and environmental criticism. Distillers grains have been widely used in the UK as a source of protein for livestock, traditionally in areas geographically close to whisky manufacture. However, in later years, imports of maize distillers grains from the USA have led to widespread use across the UK.

This industry project looked at the potential of sourcing this feedstuff from the UK bioethanol industry and how the product may differ from that produced by the whisky distillers.