The majority of corn based ethanol plants globally are dry-grind facilities which use starch from corn to produce ethanol and highly nutritious co-products utilized for livestock and poultry feeds called DDGS (Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles). The United States, which pioneered the way for DDGS utilization, produces annually 44.2 million short tons of DDGS for both the domestic and international livestock and poultry feed market. The inclusion of DDGS in livestock and poultry rations have been proven and utilized for the past 20 years in the global agricultural market.
FS Bioenergia utilizes Fiber Separation Technology, or FST in its Lucas do Rio Verde corn ethanol plant. FST is a value-added platform technology that removes fiber from the standard ethanol process, unlocking throughput and efficiency for each gallon of ethanol produced and creating options for diversified co-products called FS Ouro+ and FS Essential+ which are utilized for livestock and poultry feed. The resulting coproducts are rich in essential nutrients (protein, fat, minerals, and vitamins), which are concentrated by a factor of three when compared with corn. FS’ Co-Product line save the producer money while supplementing their animals demanding nutritional needs and increasing feed intake performances.
Research studies have shown that high protein corn DDGS is an excellent source of energy, digestible amino acids and phosphorus in swine diets in all phases of production. Studies have shown that that high protein DDGS has a greater ME content than conventional DDGS, and also acts as an excellent partial replacement for corn, soybean meal, and inorganic phosphate in growing-finishing swine diets. Maximum recommended dietary DDGS inclusion rates to support excellent performance are up to 30% for nursery pigs weighing more than 7kg as well as growing-finishing pigs. These recommendations are based on the assumption that diets are formulated on a digestible amino acid basis.
Study results have shown that Essential+ is an excellent energy, digestible amino acid, and available phosphorus source, with similar or superior energy and amino acid content and digestibility compared with traditional high-oil (>10%) corn DDGS for broilers and layers. When diets are formulated on a digestible amino acid basis with energy adjustments, up to 50% of the soybean meal can be replaced with Essential+ in broiler diets to achieve excellent growth performance and meat quality. Similarly, layer diets containing up to 20% of Essential+ can be fed to support optimal egg production and quality. Another value-added benefit of feeding Essential+ to layers is that egg yolk color is improved due to the increased xanthophyll (pigment) content naturally present in corn co-products.