Selling 50 metric tons of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) may seem minor, but Javier Chávez, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Mexico marketing specialist, views these small sales to cattle and dairy producers in southeastern Mexico as the start of another big opportunity for U.S. feed grains.
U.S. exports of feed grains in all forms increased 33 percent year-over-year in the first six months of the 2016/2017 marketing year, according to recently published trade data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).
That data showed the United States exported more than 56.6 million metric tons of feed grains in all forms - a calculation that measures grain products in corn equivalent - from September 2016 to February 2017, compared to 42.5 million tons during the same time the prior marketing year.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently released a new batch of online videos highlighting the importance of building and maintaining trading relationships and the work the Council does in grain markets around the world.
A recent sale of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to Saudi Arabia is an example of an increasingly diverse number of markets interested in the feed product and the impact of sustained market development in areas showing potential for long-term growth.
Last month, Saudi buyers purchased 18,000 metric tons of U.S. DDGS, a relatively large amount and a dramatic increase from total sales of just 8,400 metric tons in 2014.
USGC’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – effective Nov. 1, 2013 – with Gloria, the largest and most progressive milk processor in Peru, will help Gloria overcome the major logistical bottleneck to expanding U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) use in Peru's dairy industry. Through participation in Council’s MAP and FMD-funded technical assistance and feeding trials, Gloria determined that their dairies could benefit tremendously from incorporating DDGS in rations and they began importing DDGS in 2012.
Using MAP funds, the USGC has been educating the larger commercial feed companies and other large end-users in Algeria about the benefits of utilizing DDGS and CGF in livestock rations. The Council sees opportunities for these products fitting well into both the Algerian poultry and dairy industries. In 2013, Sarl Nutrimag, an Algerian commercial importer, made the first-ever purchase of U.S. DDGS and CGF into Algeria. In combination with technical assistance and training for end-users, this is an opening for additional purchases of U.S. corn products in the future.
Intensive efforts continue in Malaysia to seek clarification or amendment of new agricultural import regulations, which threaten to impose costly new burdens on a wide range of commodities from several exporting countries. The U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Soybean Export Council are working closely with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service Malaysia office and APHIS to reduce or eliminate the negative impact of these new regulations on U.S. export cargos. Local stakeholders in the Malaysian feed, trade and livestock sectors are also expressing their concerns to the Malaysian government.
Looking for information on how to use Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles? The U.S. Grains Council has developed an all-inclusive guide to the use of this co-product of the ethanol industry. Learn how to incorporate it into rations, how to import the product and what its nutritional value is.
You may also download the entire DDGS User Handbook by clicking here. (English - 9.7 MB)
The U.S. Grains Council’s DDGS Weekly Market Report provides timely information on DDGS markets, DDGS export figures, shipping information and Council news. The report is a trade and customer servicing tool utilized by U.S. agribusinesses as well international feed and food grains/feed ingredient importers, processors and end-users.