Foreign industry key for DDGSBROOKINGS, S.D. — The U.S. Grains Council recently sponsored a Colombian delegation to visit South Dakota State University to engage with dairy specialists.
By: SDSU Extension Service ,
BROOKINGS, S.D. — The U.S. Grains Council recently sponsored a Colombian delegation to visit South Dakota State University to engage with dairy specialists.
“Our state was selected to host because past SDSU Extension activities in Colombia led to the imports of 5,000 metric tons of distillers’ grains from a local ethanol company,” says Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources program director. “The Colombian dairy industry is a key sector whose adoption of DDGS could eventually lead to an expansion of South Dakota DDGS use in the Colombian poultry and swine sectors.”
Garcia adds that if the Colombian coproduct market becomes fully developed, Colombia has the potential to increase annual imports of U.S. co-pro- ducts by 800 percent.
The delegation, which U.S. Grains Council and SDSU Extension co-hosted with South Dakota Corn Utilization Council and South Dakota Farm Bureau, was comprised of two nutritionists, a U.S. Grains Council Regional Consultant, four dairy farmers, a feed manufacturer and an agricultural journalist.
During the week-long visit, the delegates learned about how to supplement grazing-based systems with feed concentrates to maximize milk production, completed a short course on Dairy Management on the campus of SDSU, toured a local ethanol plant, and visited the SDSU Dairy Science Department manufacturing plant and toured four South Dakota dairies.
Garcia says SDSU Extension has hosted several international delegations through the years. Through workshops and field tours of local agri- cultural operations, SDSU Extension has been instrumental in promoting technology transfer to Latin American livestock producers.
“In the last couple of years, joint efforts between U.S. Grains Council and SDSU Extension have allowed South Dakota agribusiness to sell in excess of $20 million to Peru and Uruguay,” Garcia says.