Business & Policy
Ethanol co-product granted first-ever clearance in Australia
By United States Grains Council
In news that may be of interest to Canadian ethanol processors, the United States Grains Council announced today that distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGs) from a US ethanol plant have gained the approval of the Australian feed industry and will begin feed trials, with the hope of establishing an export opportunity with island nation.
December 3, 2008
Washington, DC –Australia’s first imported sample of US distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a co-product of US ethanol production, successfully cleared inspections today after arriving at the Port of Melbourne on Nov. 25, according to the US Grains Council. The shipment will be used in feeding trials which will be overseen by Australian feed supplier CopRice, a major supplier of feed ingredients, manufactured livestock and companion animal feeds.
“This is a major accomplishment for the Council and an exciting first step for CopRice,” said Mike Callahan, USGC senior director of international operations for Asia. “This has also shown that DDGS can meet the stringent regiments of Australia’s Quarantine and Inspection Service.”
The shipment is the result of several Council efforts including the 2007 International DDGS Conference held in Schaumburg, Ill., hosted by BBI International in partnership with USGC. Conversations initiated in Schaumberg continued during a Council mission to Australia in March this year, during which the proposal of sending a DDGS sample for use in feeding trials was discussed between Council and CopRice representatives. Council member Hawkeye Gold, based in Ames, Iowa, volunteered to supply the sample DDGS to CopRice once an agreement was reached. Council member The DeLong Co., Inc., based in Clinton, Wis., donated trans-loading services for the shipment. The Council covered the freight costs.
“Thanks to the cooperation of Hawkeye Gold and the assistance provided by the Foreign Agricultural Service in Canberra, US DDGS has entered Australia for the first time,” said Adel Yusupov, USGC regional director of Southeast Asia. “The Council is anxious to hear about CopRice’s progress in using DDGS during the trial period and our staff is ready and available to assist them at any time upon their request.”