New Research For Cattle Industry

It won't revolutionize the way cattle are raised, but it should make the industry more efficient and economical.

Feed lots in the Panhandle region buy more than two billion dollars worth of food for cattle every year.

And this facility is trying to make that more economical.

"The research carried on here by Texas A&M and the USDA-ARS, will play a vital role in the future make-up of our rations," said Ross Wilson, the CEO of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

"Bottom line is it's our job to provide info so producers can provide beef to the consumer at the lowest cost possible," said Dr. Jim MacDonald, an associate professor at WTAMU and the Texas AgriLIFE Research Center.

This new grain distiller can mix corn, and ethanol plant waste to make different diets for different herds.

"We focus a great deal on efficiency and utilizing those base diets that would be common in this area," said Dr. MacDonald.

And that is expected to drop the amount of feed needed for a pound of beef, something the cattle feeders say could drop the price of beef.

"It will be an important piece of the puzzle as how we feed cattle and how we feed cattle most economically and most efficiently," said Wilson.

And the research here could have a huge impact, 26 percent of the nations beef comes from within 150 miles of Amarillo.