We talk a lot about corn and ethanol on this blog, but what about DDGS? We sell a considerable amount of DDGS overseas – worth $2.34 billion! And that’s worth talking about!
DDGS stands for Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles. DDGS are what’s left over after corn has been made into ethanol. Corn-based distillers grains from the ethanol industry are commonly sold as a high protein livestock feed that increases efficiency and lowers the risk of subacute acidosis in beef cattle.
Those are a lot of big words, but the main point here is that after we make ethanol out of the corn, what’s left can be fed to livestock and it’s becoming increasingly important in the livestock industry, both in the U.S. and around the world.
So important, in fact, that DDGS are sold and trade just like corn, ethanol, and other commodities.
It’s recycling at its best! We don’t waste a bit of that precious Illinois corn!
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Director