ILIFT Focus Areas
Livestock Facility Siting
Pasture-Based Forage Systems
Livestock Decision Tools
Using Illinois By-Product Feeds in Livestock Feeding Programs
According to the Renewable Fuel Association (2003) nearly half of the U.S. fuel alcohol production occurs in Illinois and states immediately adjacent. In 2001 approximately 1.8 billion gallons of ethanol were produced in the U.S. resulting in 2.8 million metric tons of dried distillers grains plus solubles (DDGS). Currently DDGS is selling for $102/ton (Feedstuffs Jan. 27, 2003). If the livestock producers are buying corn and soybean meal is $2.50 per bu. and $200 per ton, respectively then the DDGS is worth $138 per ton. Assuming an average transportation charge of $10 per ton for the DDGS, the difference between the value and the delivered price to the farm is currently $26 per ton. Livestock producers can reduce their cost by feeding DDGS. In order to meet clean air standards, it is projected that 5.0 billions gallon of ethanol will be required by 2012, resulting in 9.4 million metric tons of DDGS. Optimizing the utilization of DDGS in beef, dairy and swine rations will benefit Illinois livestock, corn and alcohol producers.
The objectives of this project are to develop a website where beef, dairy and swine producers: