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Iowa DDGS used in Australian feeding trials

A sample of 45.7 metric tonnes of US distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) successfully passed quarantine inspections at Australia's Port of Melbourne in late November, marking the first time US DDGS has been exported to the country.

The US Grains Council has been present in Australia as the shipment's recipient begins the country's first US DDGS feeding trials in dairy and horse feed rations.

According to Adel Yusupov, USGC regional director in Southeast Asia, the recipient, Australian feed supplier CopRice, plans to produce dairy trial pellet feeds in its plants in Tongala, Leeton and Cobden.

"The company will contract with three-to-four farmers each, producing 200 cows per farm, totalling 600 to 800 cows," he said.

The trial timeframe is estimated at 10 to 14 days with DDGS inclusion rates of 5, 10, 15 and 20% respectively.

Upon completion of the trial, CopRice is planning to measure milk volume and output per cow, milk fat and milk protein content compared to a control diet.

Not much is known about CopRice's intentions to test DDGS in horse feed rations, Yusupov said, as the trials are still in the planning stage.

The DDGS sample was donated to CopRice from Council member Hawkeye Gold in Ames, Iowa. Council member The DeLong Co. Inc. of Clinton, Wis., donated trans-loading services for the shipment and the Council covered the freight costs.

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