ICM technology produces solutions for animal nutrition

By ICM Inc. | December 04, 2017

ICM Inc., a global leading biofuels process technology provider, has announced two scientific studies funded by third parties, which were completed by the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, U.S. The data supports the production of value added animal nutrition solutions for protein production is successfully achievable with ICM’s patented Fiber Separation Technology and patented Fiber Separation Technology Next Gen (both referenced below as FST). This scientific development provides a significant opportunity for both ethanol plants and animal producers to capture increased profits.

FST is a value-added platform technology that removes fiber from the corn mash prior to fermentation.  This allows for the production of two feed products, FST hi protein DDG (HPDDG) which has protein levels at approximately 43 percent w/w dry basis and fiber plus syrup. Other benefits of the FST include providing up to 10 percent increased ethanol throughput and up to 15 percent increase corn oil production.

Presently, distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) from ethanol plants present an “imperfect pile” of the nutrients for animals—protein, fiber, oil, and minerals.  The FST HPDDG is an ideal feed ingredient for species that require high protein in their diet, such as poultry, swine and aquaculture. Meanwhile, another product produced is FST fiber plus syrup, which is aimed at ruminants, such as beef and dairy cattle.

The University of Guelph experimental study investigated the feeding of FST HPDDG to finishing swine, which was published in the Journal of Animal Science (August 2017, pages 3591 to 3597). When compared to conventional DDGS, FST HPDDG yielded an average digestibility increase of 45 percent more essential amino acids and 24 percent more energy. 

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln experimental study compared the feeding of FST fiber plus syrup to finishing beef cattle versus both conventional DDGS and conventional wetcake. The study results were shared at the Husker Nutrition Conference this month and will be presented at the Midwest Animal Science meetings in March 2018. Cattle fed FST fiber plus syrup exhibited the greatest average daily gain of any experimental treatment and the energetic efficiency of FST fiber plus syrup was calculated to be 126 percent that of corn.

Ryan Mass, ICM feed business manager stated, “ICM respects the role that protein producers play in feeding the world. These data sets demonstrate what our internal research has shown—that distillers feed products produced with FST add value to both animal agriculture and the fuel ethanol industry.”

“Corn Plus added Fiber Separation Technology to enhance both our operational and market opportunities. As the differentiated co-products are becoming more understood by academia and livestock producers, we are opening the door to realizing a much improved per ton return for the valuable feed products FST allows us to create.  This is one more step in the mission that Corn Plus began back in 1994 to add value to local corn production,” said Mike Jerke, general manager of Corn Plus.

As a leading biofuels process technology provider, ICM has designed and/or constructed over 100 ethanol plants globally and remains committed to delivering innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and advance renewable energy.