New Goodland Energy

Goodland, Kansas



What is Ethanol?

Ethanol is a clean-burning, high-octane fuel that is produced from renewable sources.  At its most basic, ethanol is grain alcohol, produced from crops such as corn. Because it is domestically produced, ethanol helps reduce America's dependence upon foreign sources of energy.

Pure, 100% ethanol is not generally used as a motor fuel; instead, a percentage of ethanol is combined with unleaded gasoline. This is beneficial because the ethanol:

  • Decreases the fuel's cost
  • Increases the fuel's octane rating
  • Decreases gasoline's harmful emissions


Distillers Grains

Distillers grains are a byproduct of whiskey and fuel ethanol production. They have a very long history of being fed to livestock; the first study in the United States about feeding distillers grains to cattle was published in 1907.  The tremendous growth in fuel ethanol production has greatly increased the supply of distillers grains, resulting in increased interest in feeding them. Annual production of distillers grains (on a dry basis) was about 1 million tons in 1998, about 10 million tons in 2006, and is estimated to reach 20 million tons by 2012.


Wet Distillers Grains?

Dry distillers grains are available throughout the country but because WDGS is 65% water, transportation costs limit their availability to livestock facilities that are in close proximity to the distillery (probably less than 100 miles).

Advantages of WDGS

  • Lower cost per unit of DM (drying adds to the cost of making DDGS)
  • Higher energy concentration (drying causes a reaction between proteins and
    carbohydrates that can reduce energy digestibility in DDGS)
  • Mixes well into a total mixed ration and the moisture of the product can
    reduce diet sorting when fed to cows