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University research demonstrates feed efficiency gains, silage quality benefits with Enogen® Feed hybrids

  • Trials show an increase in feed efficiency of five percent, on average – and improved silage quality
  • October 2 webinar to discuss how feedlots can improve profit potential with Enogen Feed corn
  • More available energy can help increase the feed value of corn in a ration

MINNETONKA, Minn., U.S.A., September 28, 2018 – Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Kansas State University (KSU) has documented feed efficiency gains and improved silage quality with Enogen Feed corn.1

University trials show Enogen Feed corn can increase feed efficiency and improve silage quality.

A Farm Journal webinar on Tuesday, October 2, will discuss these findings and how Enogen® Feed hybrids from Syngenta, fed as grain or silage, can help feedlots increase feed efficiency and improve profit potential. Participants can register at A recording of the webinar will be available after October 2.

In UNL and KSU feeding trials, Enogen Feed corn increased feed efficiency by an average of five percent in stocker and finishing cattle. Research shows Enogen Feed corn can increase the potential value of corn in a ration, whether fed as: whole-grain; dry-rolled; or silage.2

Studies conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln3 have shown rations with Enogen Feed corn (fed as dry-rolled corn):

  • Increase the potential for a higher percentage of post-ruminal starch digestibility;
  • Increase total tract digestibility of starch; and
  • Decrease fecal output of starch, which indicates increased starch digestibility and better utilization.

In two separate studies at Kansas State University, and consistent with research conducted with finishing cattle at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, feed efficiency was improved in stocker cattle fed Enogen Fed corn versus conventional corn, fed either as grain or silage.4 KSU research also showed that Enogen Feed silage is less prone to spoilage, which means it may last longer than other silage.5

Enogen Feed hybrids contain not only elite genetics and industry-leading traits, they also have the added value of Enogen in-seed amylase technology.

“Corn is about 75 percent starch – a complex carbohydrate that provides energy to cattle to grow and finish,” said Duane Martin, Ph.D., commercial traits manager for corn and soybean product marketing at Syngenta. “Because of the in-seed amylase technology in Enogen Feed corn, starch is easier for cattle to digest. Improved starch utilization can result in more available energy, and can help increase the feed value of corn in a cattle ration and improve profit potential.”

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1-2 University of Nebraska Lincoln Research Studies, 2013-2017; Kansas State University Research Study, 2017
3 University of Nebraska Lincoln Research Studies, 2013-2017
4-5 Kansas State University Research Study, 2017

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