SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI - Recognizing potential market growth in Japan, the U.S. Grains Council recently organized workshops on distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in Kagoshima and Tokyo for Japanese poultry producers, feed millers, traders and government officials.

"Japan remains an important market for U.S. corn exports," said National Corn Growers Association Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Chad Blindaur. "DDGS represent another win-win opportunity to build upon this relationship. As knowledge of the benefits of this ethanol co-product grows, so does its popularity abroad creating opportunities for both livestock and ethanol producers alike."

Japanese consumption of DDGS has increased steadily over the last several years, from 2,500 metric tons in 2005 to 270,000 tons in 2009, with Japan's poultry sector showing the most significant growth.

More than 50 participants took part in active discussions regarding recent feeding trials with layers and broilers, and confirmed the significant merits of DDGS improving performance in feed efficiency, quality of meat and color of the egg yolk.

Acknowledging economical benefits of rationing DDGS in the compound feed for poultry, workshop speakers Dr. Nobuhiro Kimura and Mr. Chisato Yonemochi presented results from a recent feeding trial, held in Gunma prefectural, showing no difference in productivity with feeding DDGS in boiler diets.

SOURCE: National Corn Growers Association