Korean imports of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) have increased more than 100 percent with continued growth potential as Korean nutritionists gain confidence in utilizing DDGS in swine rations. The U.S. Grains Council hosted a webinar the week of November 3 aimed at feed formulators, swine extension specialists and pork producers, giving the council a longer reach into the Korean swine industry and enabling local partners to share information more broadly among industry colleagues.

As a primary driver of feed grain consumption in Korea, the swine sector is always in pursuit for new hog feeding and management tips. This program enabled participants to review important swine management practices, including the topic of DDGS feeding value in swine rations. Very low levels of DDGS are currently incorporated in Korean swine rations due mainly to the lack of experience with DDGS, even though feed millers and farmers are familiar with and appreciate the product. When the swine sector, and other livestock and poultry sectors, begin using DDGS at recommended levels, a substantial increase in importation of U.S. DDGS up to 1.5 million metric tons per year will occur.

"This webinar was a great experience for Korean swine producers," said Byong Ryol Min, USGC director in Korea. "They were able to learn from a prominent U.S. swine expert, Mike Tokach, extension specialists and swine nutritionist of Kansas State University, ways to increase production efficiency, including through grain formulation that includes DDGS."