The number one source of protein used in cattle feedlots, dried distillers grain (DDG) is a co-product of the ethanol production process. The low cost alternative feed ingredient is produced in large quantities by the dry-grind fuel ethanol industry, and is rich in the protein, fat, minerals and vitamins that animals need. This high energy, protein and phosphorus content make DDG a very attractive replacement for some of the more expensive traditional energy, protein, and phosphorus ingredients used in animal feeds.
Dried distillers grains have a longer shelf life than wet distillers, allowing the product to be stored and transported over long distances. Though there can be a wide range of quality in distillers products, the MasterHand Milling team has an extensive background in ethanol plant operations and understands how to manage this variability. We have aligned ourselves with DDG producers who maintain consistent protein, fat and sulfur percentages, as well as the low amounts of residual starch and sugar that result from a well-run ethanol plant. Additionally, as many ethanol plants occasionally remove oil from their distillers grains, thereby reducing the amount of available animal energy in the final feed product, we carefully monitor the fat percentages in the DDG going into our cubes and pellets.