Golden Triangle Energy Feed Information:
1.History / Info about GoldenTriangle Energy in Craig, MO
History: The plant was built in 2001 to produce fuel-grade ethanol (to be blended with gasoline to increase octane, burn cleaner and to reduce harmful emissions). After a recent addition to the plant, we are able to produce industrial alcohol, as well as fuel-grade ethanol.
Size of Plant: We produce 20 million gallons of industrial alcohol &/or fuel ethanol annually.
Feed grain used: 100% corn (no milo or other grains)
Plant Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Daily Feed production:
When producing Wet Distillers: 19 semi loads = approximately 475 tons
When producing Dry Distillers: 6 semi loads = approximately 155 tons
Capacity of Corn Solubles (Syrup) production: 5 semi loads = approximately 125 tons
Quality of Product:
We strive to maintain consistency in our products.
We sample and test all or our feed products to ensure we maintain consistency and meet our product guarantees.
We have many customers that have been with us a number of years that will buy from us even though they have the ability to obtain similar products closer to their operation.
Preventive Maintenance: GTE generally has 2 shutdowns annually for preventive maintenance for 3-5 days each. GTE strives to plan for these shutdowns to maintain adequate supplies of feed.
Plant Location: We are located just off the West side of Interstate 29 (exit 92) on Highway 111 on the East side of Craig, MO. Call for directions if you need them.
2. Approx. Annual GTE Feed & Production Ratio:
80% of our feed is produced as Wet Distillers Grains
20% of our feed is produced as Dry Distillers Grains
GTE produces Corn Solubles year round.
* NOTE: Typically, due to regional demand, during the winter months we produce less Dry Distillers grain than we do during the summer months
3. Feed Loading Hours:
Wet Distillers Grains - We loadout 24/7
Dry Distillers Grains - Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Syrup - We can load out 24/7
*Note: If you are coming to the plant for the first time or have questions regarding "after hours loading", please come during office hours (8:00-4:00).
4. Feed Transportation Information:
The Distillers Wet Grain is generally transported on paddle-wagon trailers that walk the product off the back of the trailer. End-dump trailers are also used and work well with Wet Feed and Dry Distillers. Hopper-bottom grain trailers cannot be used with Wet Distillers, but work well with our Dry Distillers product. Our Distillers Dry Grain is unique compared to similar facilites due to the fact that our DDG is slightly more flowable than average.
5. Pricing and Availability:
Call the plant directly. Toll Free: (888) 220-5646
Courtney Loucks, Distillers Grains Coordinator (ext. 11)
Jeff Geib, Commodities Manager (ext. 15)
Mark Wilson, Commodities Assistant / Scale Operator (ext. 19)
Other Information Regarding GTE Distillers Feed Products
1. Distillers Wet Grain- "Wet Cake"
Feed Product Guarantees (On an "as received" basis):
Minimum Crude Protein - 9.0%
Minimum Crude Fat - 3.5%
Maximum Crude Fiber - 5.0%
Maximum Ash - 2.0%
Maximum Moisture - 69%
Optimal Shelf Life: (period before feed begins to perceivably deteriorate):
Summer: 10-14 days* (Weather Dependent)
Winter: 14-30 days (Weather Dependent)
*Note: we add Altech "Cake Guard" mold inhibitor during summer months to extend shelf life
Benefits of using Wet Distillers Grain in cattle rations:
-Nutritious feed source with excellent levels of both protein and natural fat.
-Due to the natural fat, Wet Distillers has 125-130% the energy value of corn. (on dry matter basis)
-Very palatable - cattle like the taste and smell (The yeast used in fermentation process gives the feed flavor and seems to stimulate the appetite) This helps increase consumption when mixed with less palatable feed.
-Better bunk management due to moistening of the ration. This results in less waste and fewer dust related issues.
-Better herd health - reduced acidosis - The feed characteristics help improve body condition and appearance.
Typical ration examples fed by some of our existing customers (please consult a nutritionist for your specific application):
Backgrounding - (350 lb calves) - ration consists of 60% Wet Distillers, 30% Ground Alfalfa Hay and a 10% Premix / Balancer (No corn in this ration). Start cattle at 3 - 4 pounds of Wet Distillers per day and work up to 18 pounds for 600 pound cattle.
Finishing: Generally Wet Distillers is fed at 25-30% fo the ration on an "as-fed basis."
Typical ration for an 825 pound yearling steer is 55% ground corn, 28% Wet Distillers, 14% Silage, 3% Premix / Balancer.
* NOTE: We recommend that customers consult with their nutritionist to ensure a properly balanced ration.
2. Distiller's Dried Grains "DDG"
Feed Product Guarantees (On an "as received" basis)
Minimum Crude Protein - 26.0%
Minimum Crude Fat - 10.0%
Maximum Crude Fiber - 9.0%
Maximum Ash - 5.0%
Maximum Moisture - 10.0%
Consistency of Product: Excellent
Flowability: Good (not as smooth as regular grain, but may be transported in hopper trailers without major issues such as caking)
-DDG from our plant has the standing reputation of being the best quality of DDG available on the market due to the handling characteristics and consistency.
Shelf Life: Very Good - DDG can be stored for long periods of time as long as the product is kept dry.
Benefits of Using DDG:
DDG has high levels of both protein and natural fat
DDG is very palatable and;cattle go on-feed very well with it
It has a nice (sweet-type smell) and many feedmills use it to "condition" their feed
DDG is very digestable to cattle (it has been broken down and pre-digested in the production process) - therefore, the animal does not have to work as hard to further digest the feed
Results of using DDG = better gains than using traditional feed rations without DDG
Typical Ration examples that are fed by some of our existing customers*
Backgrounding - DDG fed as approximately 15% of ratio with ground corn or milo, ground hay, silage and mineral package (simply back 10-15% of the corn out of their existing ration and substitute DDG)
With good grass management programs, some customers feed DDG in 6-8 pound piles on grass. They report little waste and excellent results.
* NOTE: We recommend that customers consult with their nustritionist to ensure a properly balanced ration.
3. Corn Solubles Liquid (Syrup)
Feed Product Guarantees (On an "as received" basis):
Minimum Crude Protein - 3.5%
Minimum Crude Fat - 3.2%
Maximum Crude Fiber - 2.0%
Maximum Ash - 2.5%
Flowability & Consistency: Good - This product is considered a liquid. It is shipped very hot (155 - 195 degrees F). The product will freeze at 32 degrees F. If the product is allowed to sit idle several weeks, it has the tendancy to separate which could result in poor flowability issues.
Shelf Life: Very good - This product can be stored for long periods of time if the product is recirculated occasionally to prevent settling and kept out of freezing temperatures so the product remains flowable.
Benefits, Rations and Comments from our Customers:
Syrup is a valuable feed source of Protein and Natural Fat
Syrup is very palatable and cattle go on-feed very well with it. Many customers use it to moisten, improve palatability, and improve the quality of their existing rations
Results of using Syrup = better gains that using traditional feed rations due to less feed waste due to improved palatability and bunk management.
This is a very flexible ration to use. Some customer use it in mixed rations, liq tanks, pour overs, as well as a way to seal and enhance silage pits.
* NOTE: We recommend that customers consult with their livestock nutritionist to ensure a properly balanced ration when using our feed products.