News last update:6 Aug 2012

Most corn still goes into animals' feed

Although more is written and said about using corn for ethanol, the livestock industry in the US continues to purchase more corn than any other sector year after year.

According to reports released by the USDA this month and data supplied by PRX, US and international livestock continues to be the number one use for American corn, totalling approximately 7.7 billion bushels per year.
An estimated 1.5 billion bushels of corn, or 80% of projected US corn exports, is used for feed overseas in the past year.
Additionally, US livestock consume 6.2 billion bushels (5.0 billion whole corn, 1.2 billion as ethanol co-products).
“While media attention has focused more on ethanol production recently, the livestock industry continues to purchase more corn than any other sector year after year,” said National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott.
“Livestock and poultry continue to be a valuable market for corn farmers and one which we continue to provide with an ample supply of corn and corn co-products.”
Ethanol co-products
When discussing corn usage by livestock it is completely inaccurate to disregard the critical role played by distillers grains and other ethanol co-products in livestock feed blends, or the use of exported corn as feed.
Distillers grains are an ethanol co-product with the proper protein profile for use in feed for a variety of animals. In not citing that this product was subsequently used for feed, many figures skew the total perspective on usage for food, feed and fuel.

Dick Ziggers

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