SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA — The Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) announced on Jan. 9 the publication of the Wheat DDGS Feed Guide, produced on behalf of the FOBI (Feed Opportunities from Biofuels Industries) Network to support the marketing of Canadian feed products. The feed guide covers use of wheat DDGS in beef and dairy cattle, swine, poultry and aquaculture.
“As a byproduct of ethanol production, which has grown in importance in Canada, wheat distiller dried grains with solubles (wheat DDGS) is an excellent animal feedstuff,” said Dr. Rex Newkirk, guide editor and Cigi director of research and business development. “This publication provides practical guidance for the industry to use this product to its full potential and creates opportunities for wheat in industrial applications.”
“The guide is a culmination of extensive work conducted by the FOBI Network as a C$6.2 million project invested in adding value to the industry through innovation,” said Dr. Colleen Christensen, executive director of the Feed Innovation Institute, University of Saskatchewan, and head of the FOBI Network.
“Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada provided $5.6 million of the funding and supported research for the project conducted by a number of institutions and organizations,” she said. “Much of the information provided in the guide is a result of this research.”
Wheat ethanol production has increased from one ethanol plant, located in Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Canada to six sites in Western Canada by 2007. The ethanol industry uses 1.4 million tonnes of wheat each year, creating approximately 500,000 tonnes of wheat DDGS.
Complete utilization of the wheat seed through ethanol and DDGS production is necessary for financial profitability. Accordingly, the research described in this feed guide has been supported by Terra Grains Fuels, Northwest Bioenergy Corp, NorAmera Bioenergy, Highland Feeders, Pound-Maker Agventures and Husky.