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The Council Takes on the 2011 NAFB Trade Talk

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 novembre 2011

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Today, November 10, 2011, the U.S. Grains Council participated in the NAFB Trade Talk Show, the centerpiece event of the 67th Annual NAFB Convention. Over 100 broadcasters were on site to gain issue perspectives from key players in the agricultural community.Wendell Shauman, USGC Chairman, and Thomas C. Dorr, USGC President and CEO, represented the Council to discuss current trade issues on the Council’s radar, including the free trade agreements, China’s record corn crop and the value of international trade.This is an opportunity at the local and regional level to reach new audiences through NAFB’s member stations and networks.Council Begins Lower-Oil DDGS Education EffortsAs more U.S. ethanol plants add oil extraction capacity either at the front end or back end of their processes, the supply of lower-oil distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) is increasing, and with it, the need to educate foreign DDGS users about its different characteristics.“The lower oil content means a difference in how this DDGS will perform in livestock rations,” explained Sean Callanan, USGC manager of programs. “The Council has spent a lot of resources on building an international market for DDGS. Now we’re taking steps to educate people about lower-oil DDGS.”In a first step, Council international directors who administer DDGS programs and international DDGS nutritionist consultants met in Minneapolis last week with ethanol and DDGS industry contacts and leading U.S. livestock nutritionists to discuss lower-oil DDGS.“For many of the attendees, this was the first they had heard about lower-oil DDGS,” said Callanan.The two-day program began with an exploration of ethanol industry dynamics, including the differing financial successes of plants with and without oil extraction. At one time, DDGS oil content was 10-15 percent , but as extraction becomes more efficient, oil-content is likely to be much lower.Nutritionists from the swine, beef, dairy and poultry industries reported that only preliminary data is currently available for feed formulations with lower-oil DDGS, but new testing is already under way. When research results are available beginning next February, the Council will determine its next steps, including possible conference calls or webinars.“As this newer form of DDGS moves into the marketplace, we want to make sure our customers aren’t surprised by the difference in its performance,” said Callanan. “We will need to begin re-educating them about what to look for and how to recalibrate feed formulas for different levels of oil in DDGS.”

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