Pacific Ag Products is the grain and feed marketing arm of Pacific Ethanol. This subsidiary is responsible for marketing all wet distillers grain (WDG) produced by our managed plants. In the ethanol production process, after a grain's starch is converted to ethanol through fermentation, the remaining nutrients, including proteins, fats, fiber, minerals and vitamins, are concentrated into WDG, a very palatable, medium-protein feed for dairy and beef cattle. Its high digestibility and energy content yield greater milk production and better feed conversions than other alternative feeds. Beef cattle have shown faster and more efficient weight gains due to its digestibility, energy content, and palatability.
In the United States, most distillers grains are produced in the Midwest, where producers dry the grains for shipping. Typically, dried distillers grains have a lower nutritional content than WDG. Pacific Ethanol is uniquely able to provide dairies and feedlots with WDG because of our central locations in the heart of the livestock industry, where there are more than enough head of livestock in a 50-mile radius to consume all the WDG we can produce. The nutrient content of our WDG is predictable and consistent. This is particularly important for livestock producers, where a subtle difference in the makeup of key feed ingredients can significantly affect production.