Five thousand Canadian cattle will be fed distiller's dried grains with solubles as part of a U.S. Grains Council sponsored test in Alberta, Canada. In an effort to validate the quality of DDGS, the Council has joined forces with several industry parties to facilitate a DDGS demonstration at a commercial feedlot. The demonstration aims to support small scale research conducted at the University of Saskatchewan which has shown significant feed efficiency improvements due to increased corn DDGS inclusion rates of 30% and 40%.
The U.S. Grains Council believes DDGS has the potential to produce finished cattle with improved carcass quality, due to its bulk density and oil content. According to Neil Campbell, USGC consultant in Canada, the demonstration will begin in March. It will include inclusion rates of 20%, 30% and 40%. The Canadian feedlot industry currently utilizes inclusion rates of 15% to 20% U.S. DDGS.
Campbell points out that - Canada is the number two market for U.S. DDGS exports, importing 803,674 metric tons in 2009. The successful demonstration of these higher inclusion rates is expected to increase the demand for U.S. DDGS by 200,000 to 300,000 tons.