POET had announced that they are now selling antibiotic-free dried distillers grains (DDGS) with solubles. Today, they sell more than 4 million tons of Dakota Gold DDGS to a variety of feed markets. On occasion, fermentation can be disrupted due to things such as a bacterial infections, and an antimicrobial agent can be used to control the contamination.
Over the last few years, POET has developed and tested a new process that eliminates the need for antibiotics to control fermentation disruptions. The testing was done with participation of egg-farming customers and support from the United Egg Producers (UEP).
“POET partnered with UEP in a recently completed study showing that adding DDGS to layer diets can dramatically reduce ammonia emissions from the farm,” said Chad Gregory, Senior Vice President at United Egg Producers. “Their antibiotic-free process is another example that demonstrates POET’s commitment to animal agriculture.”
Mark Giesemann, Ph.D., Director of Technical Services at POET Nutrition added, “Since it was introduced more than 15 years ago, Dakota Gold has built a reputation for consistency and quality. “We had to ensure that any adjustments in our process didn’t compromise that reputation. After a few years of testing and development, we’ve found that the DDGS from the antibiotic-free process are of the highest quality.”