Subject How to stay competitive despite economic challenges
Date 2022-11-10

As producers seek to reduce feed costs, research suggests alternative ingredients can be utilized without impeding animal performance.

Inflation and environmental concerns are driving increased interest in alternative feed ingredients. Compared to soybean meal or corn, for example, alternative ingredients typically have lower crude protein content and fat digestibility, as well as higher fiber content. For this reason, producers have been partially adding ingredients, such as rapeseed and sunflower seed meal, to their rations with some reported success, but total replacement has reduced animal performance and significantly increased costs.