DDGs Can Give Piglets a Boost

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Livestock by Cindy

New research indicates that dried distillers grains (DDGS) can help hog producers looking for new feed supplements for younger swine. According to studies by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists, feeding the ethanol by-product to piglets can give their immune systems an extra boost. The majority of DDGS are fed to beef and dairy cattle but livestock producers also use DDGS …

Livestock Industry Help Needed

In Farming, Livestock, USDA by Cindy

When Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced his rural economic stimulus funding Monday, he was joined by two dairy producers and an Iowa hog farmer, so naturally I assumed there would be something in the package for livestock producers who are suffering financially, especially the dairy industry. However, from what I can tell, there is nothing specific in the package that …

Distillers Grains Exports Nearly Double

In Ethanol, Exports, General, Livestock by Ken

The Renewable Fuels Association this week published a report on the export of distillers grains that demonstrates the growing popularity of this key ethanol coproduct. According to the RFA, citing U.S. Department of Agriculture data, U.S. distillers grains exports nearly doubled last year, rising 91 percent — from 2.36 million metric tons (mmt) in 2007 to 4.51 mmt in 2008. …

MO Corn Co-Products Field Day

In Ethanol, Livestock, State Groups by Cindy

Over 125 cattlemen and livestock producers gathered on a the farm of a Missouri state senator last weekend to learn more about accessing, utilizing and storing the ethanol co-product distillers grains. Many producers traveled from surrounding counties to attend the event at the south-central Missouri farm of Senator Frank Barnitz (D-Lake Spring). “We had a really big crowd with a …

Schafer Clarifies USDA Loan Program

In Ethanol, government, Livestock by Cindy

USDA has been trying to get the message out that they are not bailing out ethanol plants that lost money speculating on commodity markets this year. The problem started when Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer told members of the press at the World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines that some ethanol plants might be eligible for loans through USDA. …

Increased Demand for Ethanol By-Product

In Audio, Ethanol, Exports, Livestock by Cindy

Export opportunities for the ethanol by-product distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are increasing as the industry continues to grow. That was the main message to more than 500 who attended the second the U.S. Grains Council’s International Distillers Grains Conference this week in Indianapolis. “The reason we’re holding this conference is that we are confident the U.S. ethanol industry …

Tons of Livestock Feed

In Ethanol, Livestock by Cindy

Just how much animal feed does the American ethanol industry produce each year? According to a new analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association, America’s ethanol producers delivered 23 million metric tons of livestock and poultry feed to the world last year, or nearly three times the amount of wheat, sorghum, barley and oats fed to U.S. livestock in the 2007/08 …

Spreading the News About DDGs

In Education, Ethanol, Livestock, State Groups by Cindy

In the ethanol discussion, the contributions of distillers grains are often overlooked. This high protein feedstock produced in the corn-based ethanol process is adding competitively priced feed into the supply chain for livestock producers. “We use approximately 100 million bushels of corn for ethanol production in Missouri, yet one-third of that corn comes back into the food chain in the …

Twin Turkeys Sighted

In Ethanol, Farming, Livestock, State Groups by Cindy

Amazingly, two turkey farmers in different parts of the country have the exact same views about ethanol, using the exact same words in editorials to different newspapers. The first appeared in the Harrisonburg Virginia “Daily News Record” on June 16, written by James L. Mason, a turkey farmer from Rockingham County. The second was “written” by Peter Rothfork of central …

Pork Producers Point No Fingers

In Current News, Ethanol, Farming, Livestock by Cindy

With feed costs representing 70 percent of the price of raising hogs, there is no doubt that pork producers are feeling the pinch of high grain prices. But, producers are recognizing the fact that it is more than just ethanol production driving up the prices. “This is not specifically an ethanol problem,” said National Pork Producers Council president Bryan Black. …