Corn Cobs Converted Into Nutritious Animal Feed

Corn Cobs Converted Into Nutritious Animal Feed
Dr. Ronaldo Sumaoang holding a pack of powdered corn cob.
Dr. Ronaldo Sumaoang holding a pack of powdered corn cob.

Corn cobs are usually thrown away at big corn processing plants and are often considered a waste disposal problem. At best, some use the cobs as fuel, others for growing mushroom.

One microbiologist, however, has found a way of converting corn cobs into nutritious animal feed. He is Dr. Ronaldo Sumaoang of Novatech, most popularly known as the maker of Durabloom fertilizers.

Corn Cobs Converted Into Nutritious Animal Feed
Sheep love to eat fermented crushed corn cobs.

This year as in the previous year, he has contracted to buy 2,000 tons of corn cobs from a major corn seed company in the country. He crushes the cobs with a hammer mill so they can be made into fine powder or into coarser sizes.
By fermenting the crushed corn cobs with molasses and beneficial microorganisms, the material does not only become more nutritious, it also becomes more palatable which is well-liked by livestock such as pigs, goats, cattle, carabaos and even poultry.

Corn Cobs Converted Into Nutritious Animal Feed
Powdered corn cobs can be a good ingredient in hog feeds.

Dr. Sumaoang said that the fine corn cob powder can be used in feed mixes in place of the fine rice bran which is more costly. He observes, however, that the coarser materials are better-liked by the bigger animals such as sheep, goats and cattle.

Corn Cobs Converted Into Nutritious Animal Feed
Powdered corn cob is also for poultry.

During the dry months when grass is not available, the crushed corn cob can be a substitute for forage grass. Dr. Sumaoang said that he no longer has a problem feeding his 300 sheep, thanks to the corn cobs he ferments.
Dr. Sumaoang added that at the processing plant of the seed company, not all the grains, especially at the tip, are removed during shelling. So he gets an added nutrient bonus.

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3 thoughts on “Corn Cobs Converted Into Nutritious Animal Feed

  1. Such a great information…i want to know the production of napier grass like pakchiong from Thailand variety..from planting to harvesting and its uses to cattle feeds.

  2. I am using cob meal preparing by crushing by hammer mill then mixing with molasses with 80: 20 ratio. Sir I want to know about martial which can be used as fermenting process, please help me in this regard

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