Beware when buying DDGs
Several experts at the National Pork Producers' Council (NPPC) have warned
for low-quality co-products for feed from the ethanol
Quality varies a lot and depends on the source, was the message, sent out at
an NPPC session on distillers grains held in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Quality is improving and the industry is working on uniform guidelines for
testing dried distillers grains (DDGs), but other factors can work against that
Know your DDGs
Buyers should know where the DDGs
originate and how they are made, said Randy Ives of United BioEnergy, a Wichita,
Kansas company that provides management and marketing services to ethanol
plants, including sales of DDGs.
The industry has about five experienced companies that design and build
ethanol plants, Ives said, but in the rush to expand, another 15 or so with less
experience are building plants.
With 85% or more of their revenue coming from sales of ethanol, the emphasis
is on making as much ethanol as possible, which can have an affect on quality of
â€¢ National Pork
â€¢ United BioEnergy
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