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Ethanol Production Co-Products

As well as ethanol, the remaining by-products are carbon dioxide, Distillers Dried Grains Solubles (DDGS) and barley hulls.  The DDGS is devoid of starch (used up in ethanol production) and has a threefold increase in protein, fat, and fiber etc., compared to the feedstock. PGRE's Prairie Gold HyProtein Meal has a protein and energy content that makes it ideal for an animal feed as an ingredient in beef and dairy cattle rations, the swine industry and the aquaculture industry.  Income from marketing of Prairie Gold HyProtein Mealis a major factor in the economic feasibility of an ethanol plant.

The price of DDGS is generally a function of its feed energy content and its protein level. Animal feed by-products from an ethanol production facility and different grains will therefore have different values in the market place. DDGS from a conventional dry mill corn plant has 26 to 30 percent protein content.

PGRE’s combination of barley and peas will increase the protein content of the Prairie Gold HyProtein Meal to approximately 44%, making it specifically a high value product for the swine, dairy, poultry and aquaculture industries. The protein level of this product will allow it to compete directly against US soybean meal as an animal feed.  Most soybean and soybean meal in Western Canada is shipped via rail and truck from the US making a locally grown feed source even more economical and valuable.

The competitive advantage lies in the low transportation costs to local feedlots and farmers. Opportunity also exists to export the Prairie Gold HyProtein Mealto Asian markets and for protein supplements to other animal feeds.