Feed Ingredient Evaluation for Livestock Producers

Livestock feed evaluation? Livestock producers are constantly in search of ways to improve the economics of their operations.  One effective way of realizing improved economics is to incorporate new ingredients into the feeding operation.  In this venture, producers must be careful to make certain they are familiar with the new ingredient and fully aware of…

Read more

Biofuels Co-Products: Animal Feed

A significant portion of biofuels co-products is in the area of animal feed – often livestock feeding.  Does this naturally raise the question as to whether there is a difference between animal-grade and human-grade food ingredients?  From a strict, regulatory standpoint, the rules promulgated by the FDA are similar but different.  Human food rules are…

Read more

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?, …

Read more

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…

Read more

Feed Co-Products in Biofuels – Protein

When we think of different biofuels co-products coming from biofuels operations, the one which immediately comes to mind is “protein feed for livestock”.  With very few exceptions, all co-products arising from biofuels production have some level of protein.  So, what makes one a “protein feed” and how do we classify these for our down-stream feed…

Read more

Biofuels Co-Products: From the Other Side

By Matthew L. Gibson, Ph.D., Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. “I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now” – Joni Mitchell I’ve been in the ethanol industry, directly, for about half of my career.  The other half has been on “the other side”; that is, in the production of human food – either indirectly (i.e., livestock production),…

Read more