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Korean Pig Farmers Use More US Distillers Grains

18 November 2013

US - Korean imports of US distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) have increased more than 100 per cent since with continued growth potential as Korean nutritionists gain confidence in utilising DDGS in swine rations, according to the US Grains Council.

The US Grains Council hosted a webinar recently aimed at feed formulators, swine extension specialists and pork producers, giving the Council a longer reach into the Korean swine industry and enabling local partners to share information more broadly among industry colleagues.

As a primary driver of feed grain consumption in Korea, the swine sector is always in pursuit for new hog feeding and management tips. This programme enabled participants to review important swine management practices, including the topic of DDGS feeding value in swine rations.

Very low levels of DDGS are currently incorporated in Korean swine rations today due mainly to the lack of experience with DDGS, even though feed millers and farmers are familiar with and appreciate the product. When the swine sector, and other livestock and poultry sectors, begin using DDGS at recommended levels, a substantial increase in importation of US DDGS up to 1.5 million metric tons a year will occur.

"This webinar was a great experience for Korean swine producers," said Byong Ryol Min, USGC director in Korea.

"They were able to learn from a prominent US swine expert, Mike Tokach, extension specialists and swine nutritionist of Kansas State University, ways to increase production efficiency, including through grain formulation that includes DDGS."

ThePigSite News Desk



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