Steers Enjoy Algae Biofuel Byproduct

Steers graze on algae in Texas study.

Algae typically isn’t associated with cattle feed, but a three-phased research study has found some interesting results that may change this mindset. The research, conducted by Tryon Wickersham, Texas AgriLife Research animal nutrition scientist, and graduate student Merritt Drewery, is part of an overall bioenergy research program.

The study looked at co-products of the production of biofuel from algae fed with medium and low-quality forages.

Surprisingly, the steers used in the study were not picky eaters, as they widely accepted the algae residue in a processed form. The algae co-product is the powder-from residue remaining after oil extraction.

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