To update current and potential customers on advances in research and end-users' experience in feeding distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has released the third edition of A Guide to Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles.

This 3rd Edition of the DDGS user handbook updates previous editions with information on recent research and experience on DDGS use. This edition also includes several new chapters discussing low fat DDGS now being produced in many U.S. ethanol plants.

Chapters referring to DDGS in swine include:

* Use of DDGS in Swine Diets;

* Use of Reduced-Oil DDGS in Swine Diets;

* Managing Pork Fat Quality When Feeding High Amounts of DDGS to Growing-Finishing Pigs

"When you look at the increased breadth of knowledge surrounding DDGS, plus the new types of DDGS now entering the market, we believe this edition will help buyers and end users stay up-to-date on this high-quality feed ingredient," said Alvaro Cordero, USGC manager of global trade.

"The handbook is designed to provide buyers the tools they need in understanding DDGS and to aid in developing relationships with sellers," he said. "In the end, we believe it will help buyers be more confident of the value of the DDGS they purchase."

The third edition is greatly expanded over the previous edition. New chapters and expanded feeding sections provide greater detail in feeding methods.

The handbook also provides detail on the nutrient composition and digestibility of DDGS and recommended laboratory analytical procedures. Details on the physical and chemical characteristics of DDGS and answers to commonly asked questions are included. Additional chapters focus on quality indicators and feed safety issues that may be of importance to buyers and end-users.

Finally, a section on DDGS suppliers allows global buyers and end-users to seek additional information and opportunities to buy.

"In this period of higher global grain prices, the use of DDGS is one way to lower the cost of feed," Cordero said. "It is an excellent, lower cost alternative feed ingredient that continues to be produced in large quantities by the U.S. ethanol industry. When included in properly formulated feeds, it results in excellent animal health, performance and food product quality."

You can view the handbook online and download the PDF free by clicking here.