I came across this article, “DDGS intake reduces methane output of dairy cows” (DDGs – Dried Distillers Grains) and it really caught my attention. As indicated by the article, the study was conducted by Chaouki Benchaar, a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre in Sherbrooke, Canada. The results of the study showed that dairy cattle which were fed high levels of DDGS decreased their production of methane by up to 14 percent.
This article also pointed out another interesting fact, “When the dairy cows were eating 30 percent DDGS milk production also increased by four kilograms per day.”
I think these two findings from this article warrant more studies and research to help emphasize the value of DDGS as part of an overall feed nutrition management program.
This week, a team from Midwest Laboratories will have a booth (272 Varied Industries Building) at the World Pork Expo. This show is one of the best places to learn about DDGS, Feeds, proper animal nutrition and other interesting topics affecting the pork/livestock industry. If you have never attended this show, I would invite you to check it out in Des Moines over the next three days. You will come away with more information about these type of topics and you will be able to network with some of the top people in the feed industry.
Here is a preview of the 2013 World Pork Expo