KW Scotland, part of AB Agri’s KW Alternative Feeds business, has secured “significant” new quantities of draff and pot ale syrup from Diageo for distribution to Scottish livestock farmers from January 2018. This follows Diageo’s recent review of co-product activities at its grain distilling operations.

“To have more distillery co-product feeds available from early in the New Year is great news for Scotland’s farmers,” says KW Scotland moist feed product manager Rachel Reid. “It comes at a time when many are running low on forage stocks following a difficult silage-making season.

“Draff has always worked well as a forage replacer in dairy and beef rations, as well as being used as an alternative to dry concentrates where digestible fibre is needed to balance high starch levels. Both feeds are also great sources of protein for farmers facing reduced availability of many mid-protein feeds this winter.

“Recent years have seen big changes in the types of distillery co-product feeds available in Scotland,” notes Ms Reid. “Farmers have been adapting feeding systems to suit, but this additional volume of draff and pot ale syrup is very welcome.”