The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Annual Cattle Industry and Trade Show, #CattleCon20, was attended last week by nearly 9,000 in the ag industry including representatives of the National Corn Growers Association addressing the next generation of feed products.
NCGA Corn Board Members Dennis McNinch, a Kansas farmer, and Gary Porter, a Missouri farmer, along with staff members Sarah McKay and Michael Granché, attended the convention in San Antonio, Texas.
“The beef industry consumes roughly 1,250 million bushels of corn annually,” said NCGA Market Development Director Sarah McKay. “It’s important for us to engage with our partners and talk to them about some of the exciting research and projects we are working on in the feed space.”
NCGA hosted a Learning Lounge session on Friday afternoon, talking to attendees about the relationship between corn and cattle and how next-generation feed products, such as HP-DDGS and residual fiber and solubles from advanced corn fractionation processes, can impact cattle producers by providing more species-specific nutrition.
Dr. Pete Williams of Fluid Quip Technologies and Dr. Dan Loy of Iowa State joined the panel style discussion to talk about some of their research and data found in feeding trials. Porter, who also raises cattle, also joined the panel to discuss his experience with DDGS.
The learning lounge was well attended by conference guests and the panel received numerous questions; most centered around when and where these next-generation products will become more available.
Couldn’t attend this year? No problem- parts of the Learning Lounge session, including the Q&A was live-streamed online via Instagram, so be sure to follow @corngrowers to stay current with the latest involvements of the corn team!
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