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Beware when buying distillers grains

by 5m Editor
23 November 2006, at 12:53pm

US - Pigs don't know Latin, but the phrase "Caveat Emptor" applies when their owners buy them distillers grains to eat.

Caveat emptor, which means buyer beware, is good advice for anyone buying the ethanol industry co-product for feed, because quality varies a lot depending on the source.

That's the message from several industry experts at a National Pork Producers Council session on distillers grains held in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday.

Quality is improving and the industry is working on uniform guidelines for testing DDGs, but other factors can work against that trend, too.

Plant design is one, said Randy Ives of United BioEnergy, a Wichita, Kansas, company that provides management and marketing services to ethanol plants, including sales of DDGs.

Source: Agriculture

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