The U.S. Grains Council is strengthening its promotion of dried distillers grains with solubles in the Dominican Republic to benefit from the country's growing potential, according to a news release by the council (http://bit.ly/…).
The Dominican Republic could utilize an estimated 200,000 to 225,000 metric tons of DDGs per year, much more than its 2011 total of just 13,000 tons. Approximately 1.8 million tons of finished feed is produced in the Dominican Republic each year, and more than 70% of that feed is used by the country's poultry sector.
The council recently held two DDGS promotion seminars targeted at the Dominican Republic's livestock industry in Santiago and Santo Domingo. The seminars will focus on DDGS production, quality control, nutritional value and its value and use for livestock.
The seminars showed an interest in DDGS by the country's key producers and manufacturers, especially in light of high corn and soybean meal values there. A number of key feed manufacturers expressed interest in combining their DDGS volume and bring a hold (5,000 to 6,000 tons) on a future vessel from New Orleans.
The council plans continued efforts to turns such interest into increased imports of U.S. DDGS.
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