An Excel spreadsheet that helps swine producers calculate the value of including distillers dried grains with solubles in their feeding program has been developed at the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences. The spreadsheet is available on the Illinois Pork Producers Association website at http://www.ilpork.com.

Producers can use their own costs for corn, soybean meal, DDGS, and other ingredients and then calculate how much their diets will cost without and with DDGS. The spreadsheet was developed by Hans Stein, University of Illinois Extension swine specialist and post-doctoral student, Beob Kim. Stein said the spreadsheet resulted from producers' questions about the economy of feeding DDGS.

Stein has been active in numerous research projects related to utilizing DDGS in swine diets. His research has received funding from the National Research Efficiency Consortium coordinated by the National Pork Board.

Source: University of Illinois