Dried distillers’ grains are an alternative feed for cattlemen, and experts estimate that 47 million tons of dried distillers’ grains (DDG) will come into the marketplace annually over the next several years.

Producers located near an ethanol plant may find DDG economical to use, and the feed is an excel-lent source of protein, energy and minerals. With distillers’ grains, the phosphorus requirement can be met quickly and allows the nutritionist to remove inorganic and other sources of phosphorus from the diet. Wet distillers’ grains can help bind products together and assist in preventing storage.

But DDG does have disadvantages, such as variability in product, storage and shelf life.  As far as storage, this can be a problem for smaller operations as they may have a difficult time using it within a certain period of time. Some producers have asked their ethanol plants to add a preservative, such as CakeGuard. Preservatives have been shown to be effective in extending the life of wet distillers’ grains or otherwise preventing spoilage. For more information, visit www.alltech.com.