Corn growers and the livestock industry have long had a beneficial relationship and continue to need each other to be profitable and successful. Livestock producers need corn and corn co-products as feed, and corn growers need the market provided by livestock producers.
Corn Usage by Specie
2015 Michigan Estimates
Source: PRX February 2016
Distillers Grains and Livestock
The relationship between corn growers and livestock producers has grown with the increase in distillers grains for livestock feed. As the ethanol market has expanded, so has the market for corn. This expansion is also good for the livestock industry. Each bushel of processed corn produces 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 17 pounds of distillers grains. In Michigan, an additional 728 thousand metric tons of high quality distillers grains enter the livestock feed supply. Distillers grains have advantages in feed rations for a variety of livestock including beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine and poultry.The National Corn Growers Association has a brochure available that provides overviews of the livestock industries in each of their affiliated states. The brochure also highlights research and other activities done by the states in partnership with their livestock affiliates.