New wheat DDGS guide supports opportunities for feed products


The Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) is pleased to announce publication of the Wheat DDGS Feed Guide, produced on behalf of the FOBI (Feed Opportunities from Biofuels Industries) Network to support the marketing of Canadian feed products. The feed guide covers use of wheat DDGS in beef and dairy cattle, swine, poultry and aquaculture. 

“As a byproduct of ethanol production, which has grown in importance in Canada, wheat distiller dried grains with solubles (wheat DDGS) is an excellent animal feedstuff,” says Dr. Rex Newkirk, guide editor and Cigi Director of Research and Business Development. “This publication provides practical guidance for the industry to use this product to its full potential and creates opportunities for wheat in industrial applications.”

“The guide is a culmination of extensive work conducted by the FOBI Network as a $6.2 million project invested in adding value to the industry through innovation,” says Dr. Colleen Christensen, Executive Director of the Feed Innovation Institute, University of Saskatchewan, and head of the FOBI Network.

“Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada provided $5.6 million of the funding and supported research for the project conducted by a number of institutions and organizations,” she says. “Much of the information provided in the guide is a result of this research.”

Wheat ethanol production has increased from one ethanol plant, located in Lanigan SK, to six sites in Western Canada by 2007. The bioethanol industry uses 1.4 million tonnes of wheat each year, creating approximately 500,000 tonnes of wheat DDGS. Complete utilization of the wheat seed through ethanol and DDGS production is necessary for financial profitability. Accordingly, the research described in this feed guide has been supported by Terra Grains Fuels, Northwest Bioenergy Corp, NorAmera Bioenergy, Highland Feeders, Pound-Maker Agventures and Husky.

Copies of the guide are available on this site Technical Publications, or by contacting Colleen at (306) 966-4154.

 About FOBI

The Feed Opportunity from the BioFuels Industries (FOBI) Network is an initiative of the Feeds Innovation Institute, a commercialization entity of the University of Saskatchewan. The vision of FOBI is to stimulate the sustainable growth of the bio-ethanol and livestock sectors, leading to a stimulation of economic activities in rural Canada. FOBI focused on optimization of the overall feed value chain of wheat DDGS as well as value addition to bio-ethanol co-products.

 FOBI was a collaborative and multidisciplinary research network which was composed of researchers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Feedlot Health Management Services Ltd, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Saskatchewan Research Council, Prairie Swine Centre, Western Beef Development Centre and University of Saskatchewan. The FOBI Network ran from May 2008 to March 2011. More information regarding this research can be found at

 About Cigi

Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute) is an independent market development institute created in 1972. Its mission is to create profitable opportunities for Canadian field crops through the delivery of technical expertise, support and customized training to the domestic industry and customers around the world. Cigi is funded by farmers, the Government of Canada (AAFC) and industry partners.

For more information, contact:

Colleen Christensen, PhD, P.Ag.
Executive Director
Feeds Innovation Institute
University of Saskatchewan
(306) 966-4154

Rex Newkirk, PhD, P.Ag.
Director, Research and Business Development
Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute)
(204) 983-2031