Bova Cubes (DDGS range cube) Introduced

FREEPORT, IL, October 3, 2011—Furst-McNess Company and Rayeman Elements are introducing McNess Bova Cubes™ to the High Plains marketplace out of their new facility in Lexington, Nebraska. Bova Cubes are range cubes made entirely from dry distillers grains and solubles (often referred to as DDGS) and will be used as feed primarily for the beef industry, but also has applications for other animal feed. DDGS is typically the co-product from ethanol plants after ethanol is distilled from corn.

Other range cubes have been on the market for years (and originally they were more cube shaped, hence the name.) This is the first time that DDGS has been formed into a cube, thanks to a new, patent pending process and technology developed by Rayeman Elements. The new Bova Cubes bring benefits to feeding livestock on several levels. As a range cube, the protein and energy levels are higher than other range cubes. As a distillers grain product, the fact that it is a hard range cube, rather than a loose dry granular or a wet mash product, allows it to be transported conveniently and fed easily on the ground.

“This will bring nutrient density and quality to a new level”, says Dr. Michael Ward, Vice-President, Furst-McNess Company Agri-Group. “Due to elevated production costs, ranchers need value-added products that maximize their return on investment for every feed dollar spent. This is an extremely valuable breakthrough for the beef industry. Many beef producers have improved their profitability and performance by feeding nontraditional feedstuffs such as distillers grains. However, with today’s high commodity prices, producers cannot afford to waste distillers grains by feeding it loose on the ground. “These new distillers range cubes are just the right hardness. They have a comparable analysis to dried distillers grains and are high in protein and energy. In fact, much higher in energy than your typical range cube due to the high fat content of distillers grains. University research has shown that supplying distillers grains to cattle on pasture significantly improves their performance."

The partnership between Furst-McNess and Rayeman Elements brings two companies with different expertise together for a common goal. Rayeman Elements, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has been developing and supplying extrusion technology and equipment since 1990. Furst-McNess, headquartered in Freeport, Illinois, is an independent agribusiness feed manufacturer and ingredient merchandising company that has been in business since 1908, with distribution in the United States and Canada, and export to southeast Asia.

"We're excited to work with Rayeman Elements to create these new opportunities for beef producers," explains Dr. Ward. "Everyone benefits from this type of partnership. Our communities benefit through increased jobs, and local ranchers benefit with an improved bottom line." The Lexington, Nebraska facility will create as many as six new jobs producing this new product with potential for more growth in the future.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Michael Ward, Vice President Agri-Group
Furst-McNess Company