Feed Co-Product Nutritional Value

What is my feed co-product worth?  In order to maximize revenue from this important product, every producer of feed co-products should constantly ask this question.  The answer may seem simple, but the determination is not.  The monetary value of any feeds can be determined from 3 basic Nutrition questions:  (1) What is the nutrient profile?, …

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Feed Co-Product Quality Measurement

We’re making Bio-Products – Ethanol, Bio-Diesel, and others.  We must meet minimum quality standards in order to sell these primary products.  That’s where we focus our attention – and we should!  If a tank of Ethanol does not meet spec, then we’ve got a big problem. As for the By-Products, most of us take the…

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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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Food Safety Modernization Act Compliance

What is Food Safety Modernization Act Compliance? Although it has a more formal, legal name, the short title is, “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act” – otherwise known as FSMA.  It is Public Law 111-353 dated January 4, 2011.  Although the law itself, is composed of 88 pages in the Federal Register, it required promulgation of…

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