NCGA's Snider conducts whirlwind DDGS tour in Kansas

By | October 01, 2002
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) continued its tireless distillers grains promotion efforts last month. Between successful seminars on DDGS in Minnesota and Texas, Livestock Programs and Information Manager Tracy Snider visited Kansas to continue spreading the good word on ethanol's improved coproduct.

Snider started her whirlwind tour of Kansas in Kansas City, meeting with Jill Zimmerman of the Kansas Corn Commission (KCC). Snider and Zimmerman traveled on to Topeka to meet with Greg Krissek of KCC, as well as Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) representatives Clayton Huseman, director of feedlot services, and Todd Johnson, director of stockgrowers council and membership.

"KCC and KLA have a good working relationship and KLA represents most of the fed cattle in the United States," continued Snider. "KLA is very interested in distillers grains and willing to open the lines of communication regarding the benefits of using distillers grains in feed rations. They are also supportive of distillers grains information seminars in conjunction with Kansas Cattle Day."

From Topeka, Snider and Zimmerman traveled to Manhattan to meet with Kansas State University Dairy Specialist Mike Brouck and Kansas Dairy Association (KDA) executive Chris Wilson.

"As the Kansas dairy population continues to grow," she said, "this will be a good outlet for the wet distillers grains produced in nearby areas. According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service, Kansas is the leading dairy growth state and home to 104,000 dairy cows."

Snider's group continued on, meeting with Dale Blasi and Dr. Jim Drouillard of KSU Beef Research and Extension regarding the possibility of promoting distillers grains at Kansas Cattle Day and collaboration of work efforts.

"There are great opportunities for research collaboration with KSU during the next three years on distillers solubles use and potential carriers to the beef cow/calf industry to push the phosphorous away from concentrated feedlots to pasture and rangeland, which are phosphorous deficient," said Snider.

From there, Snider traveled to Russell, where she met with Ron Dunbar, plant manager of U.S. Energy Partners, a plant that uses a wheat starch stream.

The following day, Snider ventured to Sublette to tour the Santa Fe Dairy, which daily milks more than 4,000 head of dairy cows and feeds 77 tons of corn silage, 10 tons of #2 yellow corn, five tons of DDGS, and 23 tons of flaked corn. From there, she moved on to Supreme Feeders to speak with Mike Viltra, manager of feed procurement, and Mark Miller, the feedlot nutritionist. Snider said the trip was fruitful to NCGA's DDGS promotion program.

"Jill and I worked out the details on the Kansas program, pulling samples from various dry mills and how that information can be utilized once it's collected," she said. "Most of the people we talked to were receptive and welcoming of distillers grains certification standards, and those not using the product did have some misconceptions that can be cleared up through education efforts."