Upcoming Cattlemen to Cattlemen Episode on Sustainability and Next Generation DDGs Features Corn Farmers

September 16, 2020

Upcoming Cattlemen to Cattlemen Episode on Sustainability and Next Generation DDGs Features Corn Farmers

Sep 16, 2020

Key Issues:Animal Agriculture

Author: Julie Busse

Beef and Corn: Working Together in a Sustainable System is the topic of the upcoming panel show on the National Cattlemen Beef Association’s series Cattlemen to Cattlemen on RFD-TV. Panelists will discuss sustainability practices on their farms, the benefits of next-generation feed products, how the ethanol industry has impacted corn and beef producers, and more.


“1.25 billion bushels of corn plus the majority of distillers grains goes towards feeding beef cattle,” said NCGA President Kevin Ross. “Adding corn into the cattle diet increases feed efficiency reflected in the rate of daily gain. It also promotes faster growth, reduces days to finish, and produces steaks with a higher marble score.”


One out of four bushels of added corn demand is due to beef and pork, with the beef industry providing $5.7 billion in corn value. DDGs account for nearly 8 percent of total domestic corn usage.


“It’s important for us to collaborate with our animal ag partners because they are such a large customer of corn,” Ross added. “That’s why we’re engaged and sponsoring programs like Cattlemen to Cattlemen and the Cattlemen Education Series, so together, we can help provide the latest industry news to producers.”


NCBA's Cattlemen to Cattlemen is a television show for cattlemen created by cattlemen. The episode featuring corn growers is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22 on RFD-TV at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. The show is hosted by Colorado cattle producer Kevin Ochsner.


Panel participants include Mike Drinnin of Drinnin Feedlots where the episode is filmed; NCGA President and Iowa farmer Kevin Ross; Kansas farmer who raises both beef and corn Kylee Geffert; Dr. Galen Erickson, a ruminant nutritionist from the University of Nebraska; Brandon Hunnicutt, NCGA Board Member and Nebraska farmer; Jarad Drinnin, who manages Drinnin Feedlots; and Cassie Aherin, Project Manager of the Eco-System Services Market Consortium.