Japanese learn about U.S. DDGS

By Hope Deutscher | August 04, 2008
Web exclusive posted August 19, 2008 at 3:07 p.m. CST

The Japanese Feed Industry DDGS Pelleting Team recently attended the Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles: Nutrition, Use and Feed Manufacturing Short Course at the Northern Crops Institute in Fargo, N.D.

The eight-member team, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, visited the United States to learn about incorporating distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a coproduct in the ethanol production, into high-quality, pelleted feed for beef and dairy cattle, poultry, and swine.

"Worldwide, there is an increased demand for distillers dried grains, driven primarily by the increase in corn prices," said Dr. Kim Koch, NCI Feed Center manager and coordinator of the course. "The United States is, by far, the largest producer of corn fuel ethanol in the world, and we are exporting record amounts of DDGS. "

Koch said the Northern Crops Institute offers educational programs to promote the utilization of U.S. distillers grains globally. "Japan is not such a large DDGS user yet, but feed companies are considering their use quite seriously," he said. "This short course group represents feed companies, a poultry company, and a large farmers' organization. These feed companies have tried to use DDGS, but have had some problems." During the visit, the Japanese discussed those problems with the NCI staff, who offered ways to modify equipment and formulations to increase their satisfaction with the pelleted feed.

The group also visited South Dakota State University's dairy research program; the Larson Aquaculture Independent Research facility in Lake Preston, S.D.; and VeraSun Energy Corp.'s ethanol plant in Marion, S.D.

NCI, which is funded by the states of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota along with commodity groups in those states and Montana, supports regional agriculture and value-added processing by conducting educational and technical programs that expand and maintain domestic and international markets for northern-grown crops.