NCGA holds DDGS conference in Minn., another planned in Texas

By | September 01, 2002
Distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a livestock feed additive, was the focus of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) North Central Distillers Grains Conference held last month in Prior Lake, Minn.

The sold-out event was organized by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), which held a similar event last year. NCGA Livestock Programs and Information Manager Tracy Snider said the reason NCGA is promoting coproducts is simple: "NCGA promotes DDGS because our members want us to," she said. "We must promote the value of ethanol and everything that comes from ethanol. Distillers grain is not only a valuable product of itself, but it adds even more value to ethanol, which is important to our growers, many of whom own their own plants."

During the meeting, AgriTalk radio broadcast live with a panel of experts including Snider. During the program, the panelists discussed issues ranging from transportation of distillers grains, to its new customers and new markets for the product.

"Everyone knows about its use in the beef market," said John Goihl, an animal nutritionist who sat on the panel, "but not everyone is aware of the benefits DDGS can provide to the swine and poultry industries. With newer ethanol plants coming online and the improvements made to the dry-grind process, a higher quality product is available for swine."

Another panelist, commodities trader Steve Markham, said DDGS are also extremely affordable. "If every pig in the U.S. had 10 percent DDGS in its diet, it could provide a 40-cent per pig reduction in the price of feed. Currently, there are 3,000 tons a day nationwide of distillers grain being produced," he said, "so there is a consistent supply of the product."

NCGA is planning to host another DDGS Conference Oct. 30-31 at the Ambassador Hotel in Amarillo, Texas. The conference will be coordinated through the Corn Producers Association of Texas. For more information, visit www. ncga.com.