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The U.S. Grains Council, in partnership with USDA’ s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), is sponsoring several DDGS seminars and trade conferences in Japan and China in June 2010. The Council extends an invitation to U.S. DDGS exporters and producers to attend these seminars to initiate face-to-face introductions with foreign end-users and importers.
By Thomas C. Dorr, USGC President and CEO
The U.S. domestic market demand for distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) is becoming more and more saturated. This has become increasingly clear to many of the ethanol plant members of the U.S. Grains Council. As the supply for DDGS increases, ethanol plants must discount the price to persuade end-users to increase DDGS use in their cattle, swine or poultry ration.
By Cary Sifferath, U.S. Grains Council Senior Director in China
The U.S. Grains Council has been doing work in China since the mid-1980s and I’ve only been a part of that effort for the past two years. China is a very difficult and demanding market, predominately because China’s government polices are set to maintain self sufficiency in the major grains of corn, wheat and rice. This makes work as the USGC director in China challenging when you have to try and work against that type of government policy.
As North America increased the production of fuel from renewable sources, ethanol production surged, simultaneously producing considerable volumes of the co-product distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). The U.S. Grains Council believes DDGS has the potential to produce finished cattle with improved carcass quality, due to its bulk density and oil content.
A 2009 study, co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, showed feeding high levels of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to Canadian swine reduced producers’ input costs and provided “excellent” growth performance. As the leading researcher for the collaborative study, Eduardo Beltranena, research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, traveled to Mexico this week to discuss the trial results and help the local industry expand their use of the product.
With consumption of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) gradually growing in Mexico’s feed industry, Mexican feed producer Bachoco aims to increase its imports of the value-added product and has looked to the U.S. Grains Council and its network of experts for guidance. This week, a USGC-funded group traveled to Celaya, Mexico, where they lead a DDGS assessment workshop with Bachoco nutritionists, plant managers and a quality control specialist.
The goal of the U.S. Grains Council’s distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) marketing programs is to gain access to a market and increase the rate of the adoption of the product into commercial feed rations using various means such as nutritional education, feeding trials. The mission is accomplished by product quality and pricing seminars and reducing trade barriers.
U.S. corn producers sending their corn to U.S. ethanol plants also receive added value for their crop from the derivative distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). A widely used feed ingredient in the United States, DDGS is increasingly being used in markets around the world. The U.S. Grains Council, funded by U.S. agriculture and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, conducts educational seminars and feeding trials to increase familiarity and usage of the U.S. feed ingredient.