User Handbook

Corn distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) is a unique feed ingredient that is not only an excellent, abundant, and economical source of energy, protein, and phosphorus in diets for all animals, but it also contains many “value-added” properties that provide additional animal health and environmental benefits.

Below is the 2023 High Protein Handbook for DDGS, both as a full document and divided into chapters. The U.S. Grains Council is proud to offer this information to limit confusion about the differences between conventional DDGS and high-protein corn co-products.

USGC High Protein DDGS Handbook – PDF All Chapters

Preface and Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Nutritional Composition

Chapter 2: Feeding Applications in Aquaculture Diets

Chapter 3: Feeding Applications in Poultry Diets

Chapter 4: Feeding Applications in Swine Diets

Chapter 5: Feeding Applications in Beef and Dairy Cattle Diets

Chapter 6: Nutritional Characteristics and Feeding Value of HP-DDG in Animal Feeds

Chapter 7: Corn Protein Concentrate in Aquaculture Diets

Chapter 8: Dried Corn Fiber and Solubles, Deoiled DDGS and Distiller’s Corn Oil in Animal Feeds 

Below is the 4th edition of the U.S. Grains Council DDGS User’s Handbook, which provides a detailed, comprehensive summary with in-depth nutritional insights and new discoveries from over 1,500 published scientific papers since 2010.

The complete handbook is also available in the following languages to download (PDF format):  Spanish

Download the DDGS User Handbook, updated in May 2018, (English) below, including breakdowns for individual chapters.

USGC DDGS Handbook – PDF All Chapters

Title Page and Preface

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Role of U.S. DDGS in Precision Animal Nutrition and Feeding the World Sustainably

Chapter 2: The “Disconnect” Between DDGS Price and Economic Value

Chapter 3: Dry-Grind Production of Ethanol, Distillers Corn Oil, and Corn Co-Products

Chapter 4: Chemical Composition and Energy Value of Distillers Corn Oil for Swine and Poultry

Chapter 5: Emerging Technologies in Ethanol Production and Nutritional Composition of the High Protein Corn Co-Products Produced

Chapter 6: Nutrient Composition and Variability of Reduced-Oil Corn DDGS Sources

Chapter 7: Recommended Laboratory Analytical Procedures for DDGS

Chapter 8: Comparison of Nutrition and Quality Differences Between China vs. U.S. DDGS Sources

Chapter 9: Physical and Chemical Characteristics Related to Handling and Storage of DDGS

Chapter 10: DDGS Color IS NOT a Reliable Indicator of DDGS Quality and Nutritional Value

Chapter 11: Feed Safety of DDGS

Chapter 12: Benefits and Concerns of Sulfur in DDGS

Chapter 13: Reduced-Oil DDGS in Aquaculture Diets

Chapter 14: Extruding Aquaculture Diets Containing DDGS

Chapter 15: Reduced-Oil DDGS in Beef Cattle Diets

Chapter 16: Enscherichia coli 0157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes Shedding in Beef and Dairy Cattle

Chapter 17: Reduced-Oil DDGS in Dairy Cattle Diets

Chapter 18: Reduced-Oil DDGS in Broiler and Layer Diets

Chapter 19: Pelleting DDGS Diets for Poultry

Chapter 20: DDGS in Duck and Geese Diets

Chapter 21: Reduced-Oil DDGS in Swine Diets

Chapter 22: Pelleting DDGS Diets for Swine

Chapter 23: Use of Enzymes in DDGS Diets for Poultry and Swine

Chapter 24: DDGS in Sheep and Goat Diets

Chapter 25: DDGS in Horse, Rabbit, and Dog Diets

Chapter 26: Impact of Diet Formulation Methods on Assessing Value of DDGS

Chapter 27: The Role of DDGS in Environmental Sustainability

Chapter 28: Factors that Affect DDGS Pricing and Transportation Logistics

Chapter 29: Summary of U.S. Grains Council Sponsored International Reduced-Oil DDGS Feeding Trials

Chapter 30: Frequently Asked Questions about DDGS

Chapter 31: U.S. Suppliers of DDGS

Chapter 32: Glossary of Terms

Chapter 33: Website Links

Chapter 34: Key Review Articles and Additional Reading

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