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By Distiller Grains Magazine Staff | January 16, 2012

1. New coproduct shows promise for poultry feed
An algae strain grown by BioProcess Algae LLC at Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc.’s 65 MMgy ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa, is one step closer to entering the poultry feed market. First-round feed trials were conducted last year in conjunction with the University of Illinois, led by poultry science expert Carl Parson. The trials showed that the algae not only tested well compared to soy meal, but also proved to have higher energy content than corn, distillers grains and 70 other common feed products, said BioProcess Algae CEO Tim Burns.

The algae strain was also shown to be comparable to soy meal in amino acid profiles and could be a cost-effective source of Omega-3 fatty acids in poultry diets. Now that feed trials have proven successful, Burns said the next step is to evaluate the regulatory steps necessary to bring the product to the market.

BioProcess Algae is a collaborative venture between GPRE, filtration product manufacturer Clarcor Inc., wastewater purification technology company BioProcess H20 LLC and investment group NTR plc. The bioreactors produce algae using CO2 from the ethanol plant along with waste water, waste heat, sunlight and nutrients. The initial commercial-scale unit is now under expansion.


2. Poet offers antibiotic-free DDGS
In August, Poet LLC announced it is now offering certified antibiotic-free DDGS as part of its line of trademarked Dakota Gold DDGS. “Since it was introduced more than 15 years ago, Dakota Gold has built a reputation for consistency and quality,” said Mark Giesemann, director of technical services at Poet Nutrition. “We had to ensure that any adjustments in our process didn’t compromise that reputation. After a few years of testing and development, we’ve found that the DDGS from the antibiotic-free process are of the highest quality.”

Poet tested its new process with egg-farming customers with support from the United Egg Producers. “Poet partnered with UEP in a recently completed study showing that adding DDGS to layer diets can dramatically reduce ammonia emissions from the farm,” said Chad Gregory, senior vice president at UEP. “Their antibiotic-free process is another example that demonstrates Poet’s commitment to animal agriculture.”

The process has been installed at all of Poet’s plants to help the company meet demand where it arises, Nathan Schock, director of public affairs and corporate social responsibility told EPM. Only those customers that specifically request certification will receive a certified antibiotic-free product.

3. North Prairie, Wis.-based, dynatek/manierre has changed its name to Dynatek Articulated Loading Systems and adopted a new stylized logo to better define its business specialty and to call attention to its growth. Dynatek, a division of D&D Products, manufactures articulated truck, railcar and barge loading systems that are currently being used to load trucks and railcars with DDGS by more than 100 ethanol plants in the U.S. and Europe.  

4. Lechler Inc. announced several product releases. Its expanded line of Vaneless Tangential full cone nozzles are more resistant to clogging.  A new polypropylene WhisperBlast air nozzle looks and performs much like the well-known, top selling, flat WhisperBlast nozzle, but is made from material that meets U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards. The company has also redesigned and improved its Spinner series of tank cleaning nozzles providing more powerful jet sprays.

5. The Distillers Grains Technology Council will hold its 16th annual Distillers Grains Symposium, May 16-17 at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch Hotel in St. Louis, Mo.  Focusing on DDGS, 14 speakers will give the latest information from animal feeding trials in beef, dairy, pigs and poultry, the latest on the effect of corn oil removal on nutrition as well as discussions on logistics, innovation and government regulation. For more information visit