US triples its DDGS production
The amount of distillers grain available in the US is likely to be three
times higher this year compared to the amount in 2003/04, according to the
National Corn Growers Association.
"Many believed we'd be facing a surplus of distillers grains by now, but we
certainly haven't seen that materialize," says NCGA Ethanol Committee chairman
Bruce Noel. "Demand is very high. It's become a mainstream ingredient in
livestock rations and we're seeing it used in all parts of the
Although some economists and
policymakers have expressed concerns that rising corn prices due to ethanol
production demand will cause problems for livestock producers and food prices,
NCGA has often voiced an opinion that US farmers can produce enough corn to
supply both the ethanol industry and livestock feed markets. Livestock
producers' use of distillers grains is an important part of that
"To the ethanol producer, it's a valuable coproduct that
increases the bottom line," Noel says. "And to the feeder, it's a good source of
protein and energy normally offered at a lower price relative to other
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