News: Animal Utilization
USSEC conducted a technical seminar for the staff of key Russian customer Sodrugestvo on December 5 and 6 in an effort to strengthen relationships and demonstrate its commitment. The Sodrugestvo group, based in the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation, is one of the largest European soy crushing facilities.
USSEC Animal Utilization consultant Dr. Gonzalo Mateos and local consultant Dr. Maria Domoroshchenkova provided two days of technical training for specialists and sales managers from Sodrugestvo’s soybean crushing plants, soy protein concentrate plant, and trade department. About 75 people attended the seminar.
Topics covered these areas of interest: an overview of global and Russian soy markets; modern technologies of soybean processing; antinutritional factors; Russian and international standards for soybean meal; soybean meal versus other protein sources; evaluation of energy and protein quality of soybean meal; soybean origin and soybean meal quality; soy products in animal feeding; energy and amino acid content of soybean meal according to different sources and tables; and an update on the GMO situation.
Soybean consumption in Russia could be increased through an increase of inclusion rates of soy proteins in local feed formulations. The education of local customers on the nutritional benefits of soybean meal and soy protein concentrate (SPC) versus other protein sources and on feasibility of usage of soybean meal and other soy additives in poultry, animal, and aqua diets is vitally important for development of the soy market in Russia.
Sodrugestvo has the largest soybean crushing facilities in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The company started its first crushing plant in 2007 and followed up with facility expansion. Today, Sodrugestvo could crush up to 7,000 metric tons (MT) of soybeans and 1,100 MT of rapeseed per day at the Kaliningrad site. The company manufactures a wide range of soy products including soybean meal, soybean oil, white flakes, SPC, soy lecithin, pelletized soy hulls. The deep-water terminal enables vessel acceptance on pier with capacity up to 30,000 to 50,000 MT.
In FY16, Russia has purchased around 486 thousand metric tons (TMT) of U.S. soybeans. Perdue Inc. is one of the leading suppliers of soybeans to Sodrugestvo. Chicago & Illinois River Marketing and LD Commodities were among other U.S. sellers to Russia this year.
Although short-term soybean market dynamics are disturbed by a temporary U.S. soybean import suspension and trading down impact, middle term and long-term fundamentals remain positive for Russia. This is expected to potentially increase the current usage of soy by the local poultry and swine production industries, development of aquaculture production, and by a growth of soybean crushing capacities of local oil mills.
On December 6, USSEC organized a feed formulation course in Casablanca, Morocco. The one-day event, held for the first time in Morocco’s market, bought together 15 nutritionists and feed formulators from 11 feed mills covering about 50 percent of compound poultry feed production.
The goal of the course was to increase knowledge and improve the usage of U.S. Soy products and help differentiate soybean meal of different origins in feed formulation.
USSEC consultant and formulation expert Sirri Khayan presented feed formulation and purchasing planning for profitable feed production to selected young professionals from different companies. He insisted on setting different matrices for meals from different origins. Based on his experience in other markets of the Middle East / North Africa (MENA) region, Mr. Khayan optimized several poultry diets simultaneously using full fat soybean, U.S. soybean meal and soy oil.
Feed mills are increasingly interested in getting maximum value from the ingredients they use. Developing formulations based on digestible nutrient values of soybean meal by origin leads to better poultry nutrition. Benchmarking every step of poultry feed production and multi-diet formulation helps improve overall profitability.
Improving knowledge on the nutrient supply of U.S. soybean meal such as higher lysine content and availability, along with consistent quality, ultimately leads to increased preference for U.S. Soy.
USSEC continues to improve knowledge of U.S. soybean products’ customers. The short course helped achieve its goal in educating young professionals by allowing them to gain more experience in poultry feed formulation and soybean meal differentiation by origin.
At the invitation of the Russian Poultry Research Institute (VNITIP), USSEC participated in a poultry technical seminar on December 8.
USSEC consultant Dr. Gonzalo Mateos, accompanied by local USSEC consultant Dr. Maria Domoroshchenkova, attended the seminar, which was themed, “Modern Approaches to Feeding of High Productive Poultry Crosses, Control of Safety of Compound Feeds and Biologically Active Additives, New Technologies in Feed Production” in Sergiev Posad, the ancient Russian town which originated in the 15th century around one of the greatest Russian monasteries, the Trinity Lavra, located 70 kilometers from Moscow.
Over the last three years, USSEC consultants have become regular and respected visitors at such seminars, sharing with Russian customers the modern global and European trends in poultry production and feeding programs, new developments in soy feed additives production and control, the nutritional value and benefits of U.S. Soy versus other protein sources, and other issues.
A total of about 80 people attended the seminar. Attendees were predominantly representatives of feed mills, poultry farms, and feed additives and vet preparations companies from different regions of Russia.
Dr. Mateos gave a presentation, “Broiler Production in the Absence of ‘In Feed Antibiotics’: Diet Modification and Use of Functional Additives.” Dr. Mateos in his presentation, alongside with other poultry feeding questions/issues, compared the nutritive value of different protein sources widely used by the EU and Russian poultry industries and emphasized the importance of the uniformity of protein ingredients in modern poultry diets. He demonstrated the benefits of soy products in poultry feeding versus other protein sources and provided data for understanding quality differences in soybean meal (including differences in origin) and the impact on broiler production. The quality benefits of U.S. Soy products was clearly appreciated and recognized. The presentation was well received as evidenced by the number of questions and reactions. Although the organizers of the seminar allocated an hour and half in the program for Dr. Mateos’s presentation, it was still not quite enough time, and discussions continued after the end of the session. Obviously, the topics presented were of high interest to the Russian customers.
Local poultry farms are the principle users of soybean meal in Russia, compared to other animal producers. Russia’s poultry production has been rising significantly in the past few years. Russia is the world’s fourth largest producer of poultry meat and the sixth largest producer of eggs. The poultry meat production growth rate in Russia is six times higher than the world average. Poultry meat occupies a 48 percent share in the structure of meat production in Russia in 2016, according to the estimates of the Russian Poultry Union.
There is a serious potential for the growth of demand of soybean meal via an increase of ratio of soy proteins in local feed formulations. USSEC’s marketing efforts are beneficial for the promotion of soy additives in poultry feeding programs at the nutritionally recommended dosage and will contribute to the growth of demand in U.S. Soy.
USSEC China co-organized the 2016 U.S. Swine Industry Development Symposium in Beijing with U.S. Grains Council (USGC), U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce (CFNA), China Animal Agricultural Association (CAAA), and the China Meat Association (CMA) on November 18. 160 entrepreneurs, general managers, government specialists, and technical directors from swine farms, feed mills, government offices, and national research agencies attended the event. The topics included improving environmental stewardship at large swine operations; changing regional distribution in the swine industry; improving linkages between producers and processors; and the role of global markets in meat and feed industries.
Bob Metz, United Soybean Board (USB) director, spoke on behalf of the U.S. soybean industry at the opening and closing ceremonies. He introduced USSEC’s activities in China and the advantages of U.S. soybean products.
“We [U.S. and China] are the greatest counties in the world and we face the same issues on the environment,” said Mr. Metz. “We should concentrate on what we do well and continue the cooperation.”
Xiaoping Zhang, USSEC Country Director – China, was one of four moderators of the symposium and hosted a session on improving linkages between producers and processors. Symposium guests told USSEC that the event allowed them to reflect on what has been achieved and to explore future opportunities that lie ahead of the industry, saying that if they don’t increase investment in improving the environment, they may go out of business in the next five years.
Mr. Metz also visited USSEC’s top-ten buyer Shangdong Bohi Industry Co., Ltd., preferred customers Shanghai Bright Liangyou group, and Shanghai Yuanyao Investment Co., Ltd. before the swine summit. He was escorted by USSEC Animal Utilization (AU) Technical Director Richard Han, USSEC Marketing Manager Claudia Chong and USSEC AU consultant Sam Shi and was informed of China’s market information and customers’ requirement and needs.
USSEC participated in EuroTier 2016 from November 15-18 in Hannover, Germany.
Brent Babb, USSEC Regional Director – EU/MENA and five of USSEC’s European contractors traveled to Germany for this event.
EuroTier is the world’s leading trade show for animal husbandry, including livestock feed production, which attracts exhibitors from all over the world to present their innovations for dairy and beef cattle and pig and poultry farming, as well as participants from the fields of aquaculture, sheep and goat growing, and buildings and equipment. In addition to the latest innovations, visitors also find a wide range of special side events, including technical presentations, press conferences, and panel discussions that provide plenty of opportunities to learn and share information with other industry members.
As the leading trade fair in its sector, EuroTier provides a comprehensive overview of innovative technology, services, and genetics for modern livestock production. It focuses on farm inputs especially for livestock farmers, such as feeds and ingredients, as well as relevant equipment and technology, including grain and oilseed processing, livestock feed mixing equipment, quality control systems, and many tools used in modern animal agriculture.
Attracting more than 2500 exhibitors and approximately 150,00 – 160,000 visitors from Germany and over 100 other countries, the EuroTier 2016 show was the place to be for USSEC’s European team.
“EuroTier provides a great place for USSEC team members to meet with key customers and also to discuss future programs with industry experts,” explained Mr. Babb. The team planned several events for 2017 with industry contacts including a feed technology meeting in Romania, two sustainability meetings in Germany, and a tentative sustainability media tour in Fall 2017.
Eugene Philhower, USSEC commercial contractor-North Europe; Jan van Eys, USSEC regional EU contractor based in France; Iani Chihaia, USSEC contractor – Southeast Europe; Jerzy Kosieradzki, USSEC contractor – Northeast Europe; and Sirri Kayhan, USSEC contractor – Turkey, spent two days at EuroTier updating their knowledge of technological innovations, studying competitors’ products and offers, and renewing contacts with soy buyers and users from many European countries.
An added bonus was an opportunity for USSEC’s European team to meet and discuss various current programs, administrative procedures, and plans for the coming year 2017.
USSEC jointly organized a soybean meal quality Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR) workshop for Morocco’s leading feed mills with local feed association AFAC on November 29 and 30. Nineteen participants, including quality control specialists and nutritionists, represented major feed companies. The main objectives of the one-on-one workshop were to assist feed mill laboratory managers to properly evaluate U.S. soybean meal composition using the available NIR technologies and increase understanding of its specific value compared to soybean meals of other origins.
An expert and a consultant visited leading feed and turkey producers, holding technical discussions that highlighted the benefits of this technology in improving the quality control of ingredients and compound feed. The visits showed the high value of the U.S. soybean meal and companies’ efforts to take full advantage of its nutritional quality.
Dr. Ir Pierre Dardenne, expert at the Walloon Agricultural Research Centre in Belgium, gave a presentation preceding the visits.
Improving knowledge in calibration, data validation, and statistical interpretation of analytical results contributes to better use of the nutrients supplied by soybean meal.
USSEC continue to sustain demand for U.S. Soy and develop the loyalty of leading customers. The Morocco market imports U.S. soybeans, soy hulls, soybean oil and meal. Poultry remains the primary driver of Morocco’s soybean meal market.
Nearly ten years ago, the Polish government introduced a legal ban on GM animal feeds, although the ban has never been implemented due to the high dependency of Polish livestock production upon soybean meal imports (two million metric tons [MMT] imported annually). The present moratorium on putting the ban into operation ends on December 31 of this year. The Polish feed and livestock and food industries undertook a number of initiatives to ensure the ban will be abolished or at least suspended for a few more years. One of the projects in their pro-biotech campaign was the publication of a special biotech insert in Gazeta Wyborcza, a top Polish daily newspaper. USSEC joined its Polish industry customers as a provider of professional information and a co-funder of the publication.
The insert was devoted to the theme “Agriculture: Safe, Efficient & Responsible” and consisted of several articles and interviews with governmental officials, scientists, industry organizations executives, and independent experts. “Animal Feeds with GM Soy” was the special feature of the insert’s edition.
The article titled “Green Biotechnology” was written by Jerzy Kosieradzki, USSEC Technical Director – Northeast Europe, and Iwona Kosieradzka, professor of animal nutrition at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, and explained how ideology and multi-billion dollar interests of organic food corporations purposefully confuse consumers about biotech products. It highlighted the many benefits biotech crops offer to farmers, processors, and consumers around the world. The authors also reported on countless research institutions and scientific experts that had proven the safety of GM foods and feeds.
The message concluded that biotech soybeans continue to strongly contribute to the sustainability of the Polish and European food chains.
In a long interview, Professor Józef Brzóska, animal nutritionist at the Animal Production Institute in Krakow, Poland, referred to the results of a complex Polish research program funded by the Polish government that tested major corn and soybean GM varieties marketed around the world in fields and livestock production. The team of Polish scientists came to a clear conclusion that these GM crops were as safe for the environment and livestock and humans as conventional crops.
In another interview, Ewa Lech, Deputy Farm Minister spoke on the motives that caused the Polish agricultural authorities to propose to the government and parliament to extend the use of GM soy in livestock feeds for another four years.
USSEC recently participated in the European Bourse trade show in Turin, Italy, meeting with the largest soy importers in the European market.
Belinda Burrier, United Soybean Board (USB) director from Maryland, and Kevin Hoyer, American Soybean Association (ASA) director from Wisconsin, along with USSEC Regional Director – EU/MENA Brent Babb and USSEC consultant Lola Herrera, attended the Bourse and also visited soy industry facilities of Italy’s two largest feed mills and its largest crusher. Additionally, the group meet with livestock industry and value-added food industry contacts in the prosciutto ham and Parmigiano cheese industry.
The European Bourse is the most important annual meeting for the grains and oilseeds agricultural and trading industry in Europe with about 3,000 attendees.
During the Bourse, the U.S. Soy delegation talked with European soy importers from ADM, Cargill, Bunge, and Louis Dreyfus. The feed industry was represented by some of Europe’s largest companies: Sanders from France, Veronesi and Amadori from Italy, and DUKA from Germany among others.
Prior to the Bourse, the group travelled to northern Italy, visiting the main soy industry companies. In Milan, they visited Cereal Docks, meeting with Giorgio della Bona. Cereal Docks is the main crusher in Italy, crushing 2,000 tons per day of non-GMO beans, from local production and 3,000 tons per day from the U.S. and other origins. Near Milan, the team also met with Veronesi, the largest feed producer in Italy, producing more than three million tons of feed annually for their own use to produce meat, poultry, and pork. Next, the group travelled to the port of Ravenna on the Adriatic Sea to visit the feed and soy full fat plant belonging to Amadori, the second largest company in feed and meat production in Italy. The purchasing and production team provided a tour of the plant, producing 50,000 metric tons (MT) of feed and 10,000 MT of full fat soy monthly. All feed production is used for their own consumption in poultry and livestock as the company is fully integrated.
Egypt has long been the largest market for U.S. Soy in the Middle East and North Africa, and USSEC programs have supported strong growth in the Egyptian crushing, poultry, dairy, and aquaculture industries.
Brent Babb, USSEC Regional Director – EU/MENA, along with USSEC regional consultant Mousa Wakileh, recently traveled to Cairo and Alexandria to meet with local soy industry contacts. Two years ago, Egypt imported over 26 million bushels of U.S. Soy, but that number fell to only 11 million bushels last year due to local import authorities’ concerns on weed seeds and the limited availability of foreign currency. On the first day of visits, however, the group received good news that a solution for importing U.S. Soy was reached and normal imports could restart, and so Egypt has already received its first Panamax vessel of U.S. Soy. USSEC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture worked closely with the Egyptian soy industry and government officials to resolve the issues limiting U.S. Soy imports.
Mr. Babb and Mr. Wakileh met with the Egyptian Poultry Industry in Cairo to review recent joint programs and discuss opportunities for future collaboration. Along with feed formulation and the proper valuation of U.S. Soy amino acids, the group discussed ongoing poultry disease issues limiting profitability in the local industry. In 2016, USSEC sponsored poultry disease training at the University of Florida and plans to continue the training in 2017.
Alexandria is home to major soy industry activity in Egypt, and meetings were held at two new and expanding facilities. The Wadi Group hosted to the team at their port facility, which is jointly owned with ADM. Wadi is one of the largest soy crushers in Egypt, along with poultry and aquaculture production. Additionally, Alex Seeds showed their new crushing and soy oil bottling facility, which expands their crush facility to 5,000 tons per day.
A soy industry dinner at Wadi Group Alexandria Egypt port facility – Nile Stevedoring and Storage Company concluded the Egypt visit. 25 attendees, including the largest soybean crushers, feed millers, and poultry producers attended, along with Ron Verdonk, Counselor at U.S. Embassy, Cairo.
USSEC recently provided a dairy program to key Polish dairy farmers, managers and nutrition advisors. The first phase of the two-phase activity, featured in the U.S. Soy News on October 18, was a dairy nutrition and management seminar for industry members from all over Poland. Phase two was an on-farm dairy training, organized jointly with the Polish importer and distributor of AminoPlus® bypass soybean meal.
Two experts were invited to Poland to work with the local dairy industry: Dr. Lynn Davis, Nutrition Professionals Inc., of Neenah, Wisconsin, and Dr. Jan van Eys, GANS and USSEC consultant, of Paris, France. Drs. Davis and van Eys were supported by USSEC Northeast Europe Technical Director Jerzy Kosieradzki and Piotr Chełminiak, Dairy Feed Department Manager at the ETOS feed company. The team spent a week visiting farms in the western part of Poland to provide their ideas for improvements of the local dairy feeding programs and managerial practices. Their opinions and ideas for adjustments were given to the local farmers and staff responsible for nutrition, health, breeding and management of the dairy herds. Whenever needed, feedstuffs samples were taken and sent to ETOS feed company’s laboratory to be thoroughly analyzed and a follow-up visit to the farms will be made later by the Polish company’s dairy nutrition advisors.
Concerning AminoPlus® usage, the team encountered situations where the U.S. bypass soybean meal was successfully used, such as at a dairy farm at Godziątków, owned by the Jaworowicz family. The imported meal contributed to their high milk production, which was close to 12,000 liters per cow annually, in this large operation. There were also farms where the managers forced too many ingredients into the diet optimization software or introduced too many restrictions, causing elimination of AminoPlus® from the actual feeding. Each time the explanation was same: the bypass meal is just too expensive! In these cases, either Dr. Davis or Dr. van Eys had to remove the unjustified restrictions and let the computer choose optimal ingredients at optimal levels and, believe or not, AminoPlus® always found a place in the diet.
At each location, locally available protein-rich ingredients and additives were discussed and tips for their utilization were shared with the farmers. Nutritional values of soybean meal as compared to the other protein sources were also checked and often-helpful adjustments were proposed.
While most of the work done by the USSEC consultants concentrated on high yielding dairy cows, they also paid attention to how calves and replacement heifers are fed and managed. As the future of the dairy operations, the young-stock required better housing and feeding, which was not always easy to follow in a long period of very low profitability in the Polish dairy sector. Only the smartest farmers were making such an investment in the next generation of their milking cows.
Beginning in 2015, USSEC partnered with the Alcon-Cargill Company to develop a new dairy diet.
USSEC Animal Utilization consultant Carlos Campabadal worked with the dairy nutrition staff at Cargill – Central America to develop a closing diet for the pre-partum period, which is the most important diet in a dairy feeding system. Its use increases milk production and reproduction in the next lactation and causes a reduction of metabolic diseases including milk fever, ketosis, and acidosis.
The diet was finalized at the end of February 2016, and USSEC helped to introduce it in Honduras by participating in four dairy field days, attended by 272 producers. Mr. Campabadal spoke about the importance of the closing period and also presented a conference, “The Importance of Nutrition in Cow Reproduction.” The USSEC consultant gave great emphasis to the importance of using U.S. soybean meal because of its quality and composition during all of his presentations.
The development of a new diet is a good step for USSEC because it encourages Central American dairy producers to utilize more soybean meal, and partnering with Cargill is a positive because the company purchases more than 140,000 metric tons (MT) of U.S. soybean meal, selling U.S. soybean meal to small producers that make their own feed.
While USSEC ‘s marketing program in Poland focuses mainly on working with poultry and swine feed manufacturing industries, the dairy sector has not been overlooked as offering considerable potential to use U.S. soybean Hi-Pro meal and bypass meal as well.
In FY16, USSEC combined financial and human resources with a Polish feed compounder and feedstuff distributor, ETOS, to organize a dairy nutrition and management seminar, which was attended by almost 70 dairy growers and managers from many provinces.
The main speakers at the seminar were Dr. Jan van Eys, USSEC contractor based in France, and Dr. Lynn Davis, Nutrition Professionals Inc. of Neenah, Wisconsin.
Dr. van Eys explained the feeding of dairy cows during the so-called transition period (four weeks before calving and for another few weeks after calving) that plays a critical role in the cows’ milk production, health, reproduction and length of their productive life. Dr. Davis, who has worked for 30 years as a nutritional advisor to commercial dairies in Wisconsin and Colorado and co-owns three dairy farms in Wisconsin, discussed the management of dairy farms. Dr. Davis’s second presentation focused on staying ahead of the curve by adapting to evolving farm environment.
Other presentations were offered by local experts, including Marcin Winkowski of DSM-Poland and Piotr Chełminiak of ETOS, who highlighted nutritional products and services that contribute to the improved feeding efficiency of various components and overall success in a dairy operation. Quality control and assurance system was another important topic covered at the seminar, partially in the conference room and partially at ETOS’s feedstuff quality control laboratory, where Małgorzata Jędrzejczak, head of the lab, explained what the company does for their clients. The principles and benefits of GMP+ quality assurance system that is in place at ETOS were also presented to the visitors.
After the seminar, USSEC followed up with participants about their impressions and evaluation of the completed seminar and received positive opinions from the vast majority of attendees. Małgorzata Lisiecka, co-owner and manager of a 1200 head dairy complex at Czechnów in the western part of Poland said, “It was a very useful event and learning from the two experienced foreign experts allowed us to pick up some smart ideas we can implement in our operation. Like the software Dr. Davis recommended to us to use to monitor the time cows spend on various things during the day – this simple tool and approach has potential to save money.”
USSEC China organized the 2016 Feed Processing Training Course to Kansas State University From September 18 – 25. Course topics included using soybean products efficiently, feed processing, and feed mill management, among others. The team also visited a dairy farm, Countryside Feed LLC, and the Kansas Soybean Association.
15 team members from China livestock integrators, top ten feed mills, and a feed additive company attended this activity. Participants not only learned advanced feed processing technology, but also viewed the processing of U.S. soybeans and soybean products. The delegation witnessed the sustainability of U.S. soybean production, quality and reliable supply firsthand.
USSEC recently held practical training for eastern European customers, on the heels of its three-day in-class swine nutrition and management course held in Spain (see U.S. Soy News, October 11, 2016, for more information on that portion of the seminar). The two to three days of practical training was held at farms, feed mills, research facilities, providers of commercial services to farmers and manufacturers, suppliers of ingredients and additives, and quality control laboratories.
Having completed their intensive theoretical training in Madrid, customers from Poland, Belarus, Romania, Czech Republic and Russia toured the many swine producing and feed manufacturing sites scattered in various places in Spain. While accompanied by two key trainers, USSEC consultants Dr. Gonzalo G. Mateos and Dr. Juan Acedo-Rico, the trainees had the opportunity to speak with the many commercial specialists at the operations visited and check with them on how various procedures and technological solutions work in a day-to-day reality.
At COBADU cooperative, Dr. Eduardo Bueno, Chief of Nutrition, led the group around the coop’s feedstuffs drying and initial processing facilities, feed mill making feeds for monogastric animals, ruminant feed mill, feedstuff warehouses and quality control lab and answered a multitude of the participants’ questions. Dr. Rafael Sanchez, General Manger, explained to them the economic and productive system the cooperative uses in its business.
Visiting CEP experimental swine farm, a 500-sow unit, the eastern European customers were hosted by Joaquin Morales, Veterinarian in Charge, who explained the farm’s technological set-up and some studies run by the institution as a service to the industry. 3F company (Feeds & Foods Factory), was another case, where the group was hosted by Dr. Mario Garcia, one of the lecturers at the seminar completed earlier in the week, who showed them around the plant that makes livestock nutritional products out of organic acid, enzymes and other liquid additives and explained the practical aspects of such products utilization in swine diets.
At every stage of the practical training part of the course, the trainers pointed out the nutritional and economic aspects of optimal utilization of soybean products in livestock production with a special focus on swine production in which Spain holds the number one position in Europe. At COBADU, the students could see soybean extrusion operation and learn about the benefits gained by the local farmers, who feed it to their livestock.
USSEC was asked by RAGASA, the largest U.S. soybean crushing plant in Mexico, to send its animal nutrition consultant to help them in the promotion of their soybean meal and pelleted soybean hulls in the Mexican market. RAGASA processes one million metric tons (MT) of soybeans per year and with its new crushing plant that will be ready in January 2017, the company will process two million MT of beans annually.
USSEC – Americas animal nutrition consultant Carlos Campabadal provided technical assistance to RAGASA. Four of Mexico’s largest swine operations, representing more than 400,000 sows; poultry operations that produce 15 million birds/cycle; and a company with 32 million laying hens, 10,000 dairy cows and 70,000 sheep were present. Various nutrition topics were discussed with the nutritionists and company owners, particularly the advantages of using of soybean meal and pelleted soybean hulls in their animal diets, due to the digestible amino acid content and high digestible fiber, respectively. Additionally, Mr. Campabadal presented a conference on the use of pelleted soybean hulls to members of ANFACA (Mexican Feed Mill Association).
USSEC partnered with the International Grains Program (IGP) Institute at Kansas State University to hold the Regional Animal Production Course (RAPCO) in feed manufacturing. 30 feed mill staff, nutritionists, and quality control technicians from 9 different Latin American countries traveled to the IGP Institute from September 6 – 9.
“The IGP-KSU partnership with USSEC continues the technical program under RAPCO that helps Latin Americans who import U.S. soybeans and soybean meal to better understand and utilize its nutritional benefits,” says Carlos Campabadal, course coordinator and feed manufacturing and grain quality management curriculum manager. “It also helps them understand how to improve their feed operations.”
Course participants learned new techniques and updated their knowledge in feed manufacturing, including information on ingredient and soybean meal quality, feed storage, feed safety programs, pelleting, extrusion processing, and feed mill design and material handling. Participants heard from USSEC representatives along with IGP faculty and Kansas State professors. In addition to presentation-style learning, participants toured the KSU O.H. Kruse Feed Mill to gain a better understanding of feed manufacturing and plant operations.
Course participant Elizabeth Bastidas from Colombia says she attended the course to learn from others in her industry.
“I wanted to meet people from other countries with the same type of product,” Ms. Bastidas says. “I have enjoyed listening to other individuals’ strategies so that I can incorporate them myself.”
Roger Ferrera, a plant manager for Cargill in Honduras and course participant, said that it was nice to see a variety of companies represented.
“I enjoyed the diversity of companies that took the course and the exchange of knowledge between them,” Mr. Ferrera says. “This is all information that I can take back to my own plant.”
Mr. Ferrera says he enjoyed the quality of instructors and their presentations throughout the week. “You can tell that they know a lot about the subject and can pinpoint specific issues we have in our own plants at home.”
In early September, USSEC held a one-day seminar, “Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Feed Microscopy,” in Bucharest, Romania, with the aim to support the Romanian feed industry to adopt Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) and microscopy technologies as tools for quality control and to detect potential adulteration of raw materials and feeds.
Quality control representatives, feed mill managers, and nutritionists from Romania attended the event and showed great interest in learning more about how to properly interpret the statistic results from NIRS analysis and how to implement qualitative analysis of soybean meals of different origins.
“Great care should be taken in developing NIRS calibrations as problems can arise when the primary methods do not define well the chemical constituent, and sample preparation is not as consistent as required,” Dr. Paloma Rebollar, professor at the University Politecnica in Madrid, Spain, emphasized at the seminar. “Besides proximal composition analysis, NIRS can be used for determining metabolizable energy, protein and phosphorous digestibility, and for the analysis of starch and non-starch polysaccharides, etc. It can be used to identify origin of soybean meals and to perform authenticity checks. In addition, heat damaged protein, fungal contamination and adulteration can be detected with modern pattern recognition software,” she added.
Dr. Roser Sala Paralles of Univeristy Autonoma in Barcelona, Spain recommended that participants adopt the feed microscopy as a fast and inexpensive quality control tool in their routine laboratory analysis, taking into account compliance with the specific raw materials used in a particular production process and available on the particular market and geographic location, specifically the geographic origin of available soybean meals in the Romanian market.
Prior to the seminar, USSEC organized visits to relevant feed mills and quality control, providing participants with the opportunity of knowing available analytical techniques and current practices used by the Romanian feed quality control labs, and the opportunity to discuss with quality control managers and nutritionists their main concerns on quality, variability and adulteration of soybean meal.
The individual meetings with laboratories at the feed mills and with nutritionists and researchers were informative and allowed participants to gain a better understanding of the Romanian feed and livestock’s actual reality and the potential for progress and expansion.
The Romanian feed and livestock industries clearly show the opportunities and potential that exists in this particular market for growth in livestock production and, consequently, the use of U.S. Soy products. Continuous promotional efforts to accompany the growth of this market and positioning of U.S. Soy in this market will be continued.
USSEC recently organized a swine nutrition and management training course at the Universidad Polytechnica of Madrid (UPM) in Spain. A group of almost twenty customers from various Eastern European countries including Poland, Belarus, Czech Republic, Russia and Romania attended. Participants were comprised of technical professionals working at livestock integrators, feed compounders, swine nutrition advisors, feed additive merchandisers and feedstuffs quality control managers.
USSEC consultant and UPM professor Dr. Gonzalo Mateos organized this educational event and was one of a dozen lecturers involved in it. The speakers were all Spaniards and many of them combined European and U.S. education and commercial expertise. Half of the speakers represented universities and other research institutions and the other half worked for commercial companies operating locally in Spain, other EU countries, or globally.
The program and logistical arrangements were coordinated with three USSEC contractors working in Eastern European countries: Maria Domoroschenkova (Russian Federation), Iani Chihaia (Southeast Europe), and Jerzy Kosieradzki (Northeast Europe). Administrative support from Inspectia & Control, USSEC’s administrative arm in Europe, and USSEC consultant Sule Basa in Turkey was also vital.
The seminar’s agenda covered a wide scope of topics, from pig production and legislation (Dr. Enric Marco); feeding the various genetic lines and production groups of pigs (Dr. Domingo Carrion, Dr. Josep Gasa and Dr. Maria Angeles); nutrition, health and reproduction related matters (Dr. Carlos Pinero, Dr. Edgar Garcia, Dr. Enric Marco); through protein sources in pig diets and feed manufacturing (Dr. Juan Acedo-Rico, Dr. Carlos de Blas); and feedstuffs quality control and assurance programs (Dr. Pedro Mendel). Special highlights included interrelations among feeding programs, nutrition and pathology in pig production, presented by Dr. Edgar Garcia of Teagasc, Ireland, and optimal utilization of soy derived products in feeding of swine, mainly given by Dr. Mateos.
Participants expressed their appreciation of the many aspects of the project. “I am so grateful to USSEC and all the persons involved in putting the event together and running it, for having done such a great job. I can honestly state it was the most remarkable training program in my life. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to attend it. It was also fun to spend a few days at university classrooms some 15 years after my graduation!” stated Mr. Michal Karas of DeHeus feed compounder in the Czech Republic.
USSEC and Virginia Tech’s dairy science department cooperated to conduct a technical dairy training session, “Concentrating on New Technologies to Increase Efficiencies” from October 2 – 9.
Participants hailed from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey. USSEC consultant Sirri Kayhan escorted the 23 visitors representing the Middle East dairy industry.
The first part of the training was held in Roanoke, Virginia. During this session, genomics or DNA testing was discussed along with upcoming changes in the Nutrition Research Council’s (NRC) nutrient requirements for dairy cows.
Dr. Charles Stallings, professor emeritus of dairy science, gave a lecture, “The U.S. and Virginia Dairy Industries: What is Driving the Changes?” Dr. Bennet Cassell, professor emeritus of dairy science, spoke on “The Genomic Revolution or How Changes in Measuring Genes Have Changed Genetic Improvement.” After lunch, participants listened to results from nutrition research at Virginia Tech, given by Dr. Mark Hanigan, professor of dairy science.
The following day, the group toured Virginia Tech’s new dairy facilities and visited the Florey dairy farm in Dublin where they saw a demonstration of robotic milking.
The group then traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to attend the World Dairy Expo.
USSEC recently provided technical assistance to livestock producers in the states of San Luis Potosi and Jalisco, Mexico.
USSEC technicians, Carlos Campabadal and Carlos Espinosa, visited VALI feed mill in San Luis Potosi. VALI produces all types of feeds and also sells roasted and extruder full fat soybean meal (FFSBM), purchasing between 4,000 to 5,000 metric tons (MT) of U.S. soybean meal. During this visit, discussions were related to feed production, especially in the area of roasted and extruder FFSBM, including the nutritional differences between these two products, their nutritional value, and the methodology to evaluate the processing effect.
In Jalisco, the consultants visited Forrajes Mendez. This feed mill produces all types of feeds (2,000 MT/month) and sells feed ingredients (5,000 MT/month) to producers that make their own feed. They buy between 1,500 to 2,000 MT of U.S. soybean meal. Mr. Campadabal and Mr. Espinosa visited the storage area to evaluate the quality of the feed ingredients and to review the process to produce the feed.
The next visit was to Tinajeros Dairy Farm, which is known for its Holstein dairy cows. This farm has a forage program, and the USSEC consultants made some recommendations about it and also about the use of U.S. soybean bypass protein in their rations.
Next up was Forrajes Mercado, a feed mill that sells 3,000 MT of feed of different species and feed ingredients. They purchase 1,500 to 2,000 MT of U.S. soybean meal. The feed mill was visited and USSEC reviewed the quality of the feed ingredient, finding that the soybean meal was of good quality. The consultants saw feed production, reviewed the particle size of the feeds, and discussed the quality of the U.S. soybean, the methodology to evaluate this product.
The last visit was to a beef cattle feedlot, La Mezquitera, which has 300 cattle of different breeds. The cattle’s diet utilizes U.S. soybean meal as a source of protein, which is not common in feedlot cattle. USSEC provided several nutritional and management recommendations to improve performance.