USGC: Australia receives first DDGS shipment

By Susanne Retka Schill | January 03, 2009
Web exclusive posted Dec. 8, 2008 at 11:06 a.m. CST

The U.S. Grains Council announced that the first imported sample of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) has cleared customs at the Port of Melbourne in Australia and will be used in feeding trials overseen by Australian feed supplier CopRice.

This is a major accomplishment for the council and an exciting first step for CopRice," said Mike Callahan, USGC senior director of international operations for Asia. "This has also shown that DDGS can meet the stringent regiments of Australia's Quarantine and Inspection Service."

The shipment is the result of several council efforts, including the 2007 International DDGS Conference held in Schaumburg, Ill., hosted by BBI International in partnership with USGC. Conversations initiated in Schaumberg continued during a council mission to Australia in March 2008, during which the proposal of sending a DDGS sample for use in feeding trials was discussed between USGC and CopRice representatives.

The project included the collaboration of two USGS members. Hawkeye Gold LLC, based in Ames, Iowa, volunteered to supply the sample DDGS to CopRice once an agreement was reached. The DeLong Co. Inc., in Clinton, Wis., donated trans-loading services for the shipment. The council covered the freight costs.

"Thanks to the cooperation of Hawkeye Gold and the assistance provided by the Foreign Agricultural Service in Canberra, U.S. DDGS has entered Australia for the first time," said Adel Yusupov, USGC regional director of Southeast Asia. "The council is anxious to hear about CopRice's progress in using DDGS during the trial period."