The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has produced a pocket-sized reference guide for basic distillers grains feedings recommendations for livestock.

The 16-page pamphlet highlights the advantages of feeding distillers grains to cattle, dairy beef, dairy, poultry, swine and sheep. Each section breaks down the maximum dietary inclusion levels for rations and notes the keys to best use of distillers grains. There is also contact information for additional questions on feeding recommendations.

Distillers grains are a co-product of ethanol production. More than 9 million metric tons of distillers grains and 5 billion gallons of ethanol are projected to be produced by the end of 2006.

“With the ever-growing ethanol industry producing more high-quality, high-protein distillers grains, this brochure provides feeding recommendations and rationale,” says Bill Chase, chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team.

The brochure is a shorter version of NCGA’s “Distillers Grains Feeding Recommendations,” which was released in October 2005. That manual is available on NCGA’s Web site, www.ncga.com, and has background on the research associated with feeding recommendations.

“This handy pamphlet contains contact information for feeding recommendations by livestock group,” Chase says.

Growers and state associations can order the brochure by calling Mel Gibson in NCGA’s St. Louis office at (636) 733-9004.