Corn Important Part of Livestock Diet

In a world where the importance of a high-protein diet is widely recognized, consumers value the meat they eat and recognize the role it plays in keeping them healthy and strong, according to Darrin Ihnen, president of the National Corn Growers Association, who said many people don’t understand the role of grain in livestock production.

“At National Corn Growers Association, many of our grower-leaders, myself included, have livestock feeding operations,” said Ihnen. “I see the value every say of using corn as a natural, healthy and nutritious feed for our animals. Likewise, as someone involved in the industry, I see a lot of the myths that are out there about grain feed.”

The Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Food Issues issued a study in 2007 that found that beef produced with grains produces 40 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and saves two-thirds more land for nature compared to organic grass-fed beef. When people are concerned about acreage and land use, that’s a good thing.


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