Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2010 Regional Award Winner

 

Chad Anderson - Lambton County

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Debbie and Chad Anderson, Maria Van Bommel

Debbie and Chad Anderson, Maria Van Bommel

A shortage of hay in 2008 got beef producer Chad Anderson thinking about alternatives. What he came up with has reduced hay consumption on his farm by 20 per cent and provided a nutritional supplement that his 100 head of cattle feed themselves. The invention is a lick tank filled with condensed corn distillers solubles (CDS), a by-product of corn ethanol manufacturing. CDS is delivered directly from the ethanol plant to the farm where it is stored and then loaded into the lick tank, which Anderson has fitted with a sled so that it can be moved around during pasturing. With grain prices increasing, Anderson believes that this is a good way for beef farmers to boost their bottom lines.


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