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Chinese swine team interested in US DDGS

A team of nine large-scale hog producers travelled to the United States from China this week to gain practical experience and expand their knowledge in order to improve production efficiency and reduce disease challenges through a US Grains Council-sponsored program.

The team was also educated on the inclusion of US distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in swine rations. Jason Yan, USGC technical program director in China, who travelled with the group, said, “The program definitely increased the interest and understanding in using DDGS in swine rations.”

This was immediately evident, as upon returning to China, the Council reports two companies represented on the team expressed interest in arranging future purchases of DDGS from the United States.

One company imported 10,000 metric tonnes to-date, contributing to China's 250,000 to 300,000 tonnes projected for import in 2009. The team attended the Leman Swine Production and Veterinary Conference in St. Paul, Minn., followed by a training program at the University of Minnesota.

Over the course of their travels, the team also travelled to North Carolina to visit large swine farms and meet with veterinarians, adding to their repertoire of US feed grains and swine management experience to take to their respective operations.

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