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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.



Q&A

No. The distillation process used in ethanol plants is a very complete, and because alcohol is very volatile (evaporates easily), any alcohol remaining is lost during the drying process used to produce FS Co-Products.
Not necessarily. Currently, there are no grading systems that define and regulate the quality standards of corn ethanol co-products like those existing for corn and other grains. Color of feed ingredients has historically been used as a subjective indicator of the amount of heat damage, and consequently, reduced amino acid digestibility. As a result, color has become a quality assessment factor for some corn ethanol co-product buyers. However, a darker colored co-product sample does not often indicate reduced amino acid digestibility for poultry and swine, because modern co-product production and drying technology minimizes heat damage. Many factors influence the color of co-products, and in some cases, darker colored co-products actually have increased feeding value. Therefore, other measurements of nutritional quality from commercial laboratory analysis should be used as a more accurate assessment of nutritional value.
The moisture content of Ouro+ and Essential+ is usally between 10-13%. Furthermore, there is minimal risk of spoilage during transit and storage unless water leaks into on storage facilities. Ouro+ and Essential+ can also be stored in AgBags when mixed with adequate amounts of roughage, however, compression to the AgBag will occur once the AgBag is no longer air tight. When mixed properly Ouro+ and Essential+ have good flowability through storage bins, feed lines, and feeders used for on-farms storage.
Yes. Several studies have been conducted in the past few years showing that egg yolk and poultry skin pigmentation drastically improves when corn ethanol products are added to the diet. Currently, there is limited data on xanthophyll content in Essential+, but initial sampling indicates it can range from 20 to 40 ppm. Although the concentration level of xanthophyll is significantly less than that found in corn gluten meal (180 to 200 ppm), it still contributes a significant amount of pigment to poultry diets, and as a result, less synthetic pigment needs to be added to the diet to achieve the desired egg yolk and skin pigmentation. This can represent a significant savings in diet cost.
-Contain more metabolizable energy value but lower protein and digestible amino acid content (Ouro+ contains about 20% crude protein while Essential+ contains 43% crude protein) compared with soybean meal which contains 44-48% crude protein, but greater concentrations of lysine and other essential amino acids. <br><br> - FS Co-Products contain about the same total phosphorus content as that found in soybean meal, but it is much more digestible than the phosphorus in soybean meal and corn. This is because the indigestible chemical form of phosphorus (phytate) in corn is converted to highly digestible phosphate during the fermentation process to produce ethanol and co-products. This, results in a significant nutritional and cost advantage for feeding FS Co-Products because nutritionists can reduce the amount of inorganic phosphorus supplementation needed in the diet to meet the animals digestible phosphorus requirement, and reduce diet cost and phosphorus content in manure, while supporting optimum swine and poultry performance.
No. Each individual feed ingredient is a “package of nutrients” present in various amount and proportions. The three most expensive nutrients in livestock and poultry feeds are energy, amino acids and phosphorus. Depending on relative ingredient prices, FS Co-Products partially replace some of the energy, amino acid and phosphorus sources in commercial livestock and poultry diets. In typical corn/soybean diets, FS Co-Products can partially replace some of the corn, soybean meal and inorganic phosphorus supplements, and the amount replaced depends on price, diet formulation methods used, and the animal species that are fed these co-products.

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