Biofuel Co-Products as Livestock Feed

  • 29 pages

  • Published: 19 Nov 2007

  • Author(s): Braid, Andrew

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This report is about the co-products from the production of biodiesel and bioethanol and their use in livestock nutrition. In particular, it addresses the use of distillers grain, a co-product of cereal ethanol production, in the intensive livestock industries – feedlot beef, dairy, pigs, poultry and aquaculture. As the production of biofuels is an emerging industry in Australia, the information contained in this report is important so that the benefit from the proposed diversion of human and animal feed stocks – sugars, cereals and oilseeds – into biofuel production is maximised through the appropriate use of co-products in the livestock industries. It is also important that livestock producers and their advisors recognize the opportunities from the increased availability of biofuel co-products in Australia as well as the limits and potential environmental problems associated with their use.

The report was prepared to provide advice to the Australian livestock industry through a comprehensive review of the research literature available on biofuel co-products and their use in livestock nutrition. It has been written for the owners, operators, consultants, nutritionists, veterinarians and feed millers who make the decisions on what is fed to the animals and who are faced with changes in the availability of feed stocks as the biofuel industry grows in Australia. It is also hoped that this report will be considered by those entrepreneurs proposing to build and operate biofuel production facilities in Australia so that they recognise the value for their business and for the livestock industry in installing the best available new technology to ensure the production of quality co-products.