OPINION: Critic of DDG Wrong: Ethanol and Distillers Grains Help to Make Most of Every Bushel.
by Chad Blindauer (The Daily Republic) As a farmer and cattle feeder, I felt obligated to write this today to clear up the continued falsities being produced from the author of “Distillers grain not as good as corn for cattle,” as he completely misses the feed bunk with his mess of misinformation.
…One out of every 3 bushels used to produce ethanol comes back as the co-product distillers dried grain, a feed that is demanded around the world, and its increased usage has nothing to do with its price.
DDGs have enhanced my feeding operation and are tremendously more efficient than regular corn.
In fact, the protein from one ton of DDGs equals 1.22 tons of corn and soybean meal, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
That increased efficiency lessens the need for corn as a livestock feed.
…The idea that farmers are over-feeding distillers to their cattle is absurd. Livestock feeders have their rations analyzed and tested to ensure their animals have a quality diet and that resources are not being wasted. READ MORE