April 18, 2021
Next-gen DDGS to widen feed applications
New corn fractionation technologies at dry mills offer the potential for ethanol producers to produce specialised Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGS) for specific livestock and poultry needs, according to the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), AgWired reported.
For ethanol manufacturers, these next-generation products mean that if an ethanol plant is experiencing reduced liquid fuel demand, they could offset the loss by switching to produce specialised feed products for livestock, poultry and aquaculture producers as well as the pet food industry. This improved corn demand consistency at ethanol plants could translate to higher profits for corn farmers.
Clark Price, a North Dakota corn grower and cattle producer, uses modified distillers in his grower and finisher diets. "Depending on the price of the product, we use it as an energy source first, which at 20 to 40% in the ration, provides us with all of the protein requirements also. The modified distillers also work as a ration conditioner which binds the ration together and eliminates cattle sorting as well as a rumen conditioner due to its bypass protein."
The new corn fractionation technologies separate out various components of corn to optimise feed for animals of different species in various geographies and life stages. Producers are working with regulatory agencies to develop specifications for these new products.