Energy Source of Feed Co-Products in Biofuels

When we say “bio-fuels co-products”, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  Usually, people think “protein” – and rightfully so.  And, to be fair, most livestock producers have the same thoughts!  Let’s face it:  protein is an expensive nutrient, on an individual basis.  However, the biggest single cost of producing animal protein is…

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Biofuels Feed Co-Products – Minerals

Bio-fuel production generally uses a fermentation process to convert starch into a desired product – for example, ethanol, bio-butanol, as well as others.  Corn and sorghum are the usual feedstocks for this source of starch.  Because corn (and sorghum) contain other nutrients besides the starch, these other nutrients are concentrated in the resulting co-products such…

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Protein Quality is Key As Biofuels Co Product

Many producers of biofuels tend to think of co-products in terms of protein quantity – i.e., the percentage of crude protein.  While “quantity” is an important number, it has greatest application for ruminants (animals like cattle and sheep).  For non-ruminants (animals like pigs and chickens), the protein “quality” is much more important.  So, what makes…

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