Japanese Feed Team Learns More about DDGS at NCI Short Course

August 14, 2008

Japanese Feed Team Learns More about DDGS at NCI Short Course

Fargo, N.D., USA -- The Japanese Feed Industry DDGS Pelleting Team is at Northern Crops Institute (NCI) this week to attend the Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS): Nutrition, Use and Feed Manufacturing Short Course.

The purpose of the team’s visit is to learn more about how to incorporate DDGS into high quality pelleted feed. DDGS, co-products of ethanol production, are used in beef, dairy cattle, poultry, and swine diets.

The eight-member team is sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). They are escorted by Hiroko Sakashita, Associate Director, USGC Tokyo.

 “Worldwide, there is an increased demand for distiller’s dried grains, driven primarily by the increase in corn prices,” says Dr. Kim Koch, NCI Feed Center Manager and coordinator of the course. “The U.S. is, by far, the largest producer of corn fuel ethanol in the world, and we are exporting record amounts of DDGS.  Northern Crops Institute continues to offer this kind of educational program to promote the utilization of U.S. distiller’s grains globally.”

“Japan is not such a large DDGS user yet, but feed companies are considering their use quite seriously,” Koch comments.  “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.  We will discuss how to modify their equipment and formulations to increase their satisfaction with the pelleted feed.”

“In addition to visiting South Dakota State University’s (SDSU) dairy research program, an aquaculture facility, and a small sustainable ethanol facility, we will tour the VeraSun Ethanol plant in Marion, S.D., so the group can see a representative corn fuel ethanol plant. This will help them understand why variability in DDGS products exists,” Koch concludes.

Guest speakers include: Dr. Robert Thaler, Professor of Animal and Range Science at SDSU; Dr. Greg Lardy, Professor of Animal and Range Science at North Dakota State University (NDSU); and Dr. Darwin Britzman, International Nutrition Consulting, Inc.  

At SDSU, the group will learn more about dairy nutrition and products using DDGS through presentations by Dr. Alvaro Garcia, Dr. Arnold Hippen, Dr. Ken Kalscheur, and Dr. David Schingoethe, all of the SDSU Dairy Science Department.

The participants will also tour Larson Aquaculture Independent Research, Lake Preston, S.D.; Bones Feed Yard, Parker, S.D.; and the North Dakota State University Dairy Unit. The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council hosted the team at a dinner in Fargo.