During the month of April, 30,000 metric tons (MT) of U.S. soybean meal arrived in Constantza Port (Romania) for Romanian and Bulgarian customers. The imports, made by Bunge Romania, are worth over $14 million. Due to geographic proximity, 70,000 MT of U.S. soybean meal was loaded at the Port of New Orleans and delivered first to Istanbul, Turkey, where more than half of the load was left, before reaching the final destination, Constantza Port, the largest port on the Black Sea.
Because soybean meal is the main source of protein for the poultry and livestock feeds, the shipment was quickly unloaded and will be distributed within the next few weeks to key end users from Romania and Bulgaria.
USSEC worked closely with exporters and end users, and at the time of delivery, samples of soybean meal were collected at the port for chemical composition and amino acids profile analysis in order to establish as accurate a nutritional profile as possible of the ingredient to be used in commercial feeds. The updated ingredient matrix helped nutritionists to more easily formulate feeds, and capture the advantages of U.S. soybean meal, turning it into savings and better animal performances.
The current shipment is considered to be a success by all parties involved, including the exporter and end users. Coordination, follow up, and technical support are key factors in building a preference for U.S. Soy among Romanian and Bulgarian poultry and livestock integrated companies.
Even though they are not the largest in the European markets, the Romanian and Bulgarian feed and livestock industries have increased their production volume for three times since the 1996 year and local agricultural and animal farming sectors are on the way to be developed with EU funds. These are premises for mid and long term development of the South East European sectors and indeed, may potentially increase the demand for U.S. Soy.
USSEC sponsored the annual meeting and dinner of BEMEFA/APFACA, the national association of the Belgian animal feed industry, on April 27. Reflecting the bilingual mandate of public life in Belgium, BEMEFA stands for Beroepsvereniging van de mengvoederfabrikanten in Dutch and APFACA stands for Association professionelle des fabricants d’aliments composes pour animaux in French. The meeting took place at the historical Rodenbach Brewery in Roeselare, Belgium. Part of Belgium’s historic patrimony, the brewery was founded in 1836 and continues to produce one of Belgium’s most popular beers.
BEMEFA/APFACA Board Chairman Frank Decadt opened the meeting by thanking USSEC for its continued support of this event. He also took the opportunity to announce a “Save the Date” for the USSEC Belgium Country Meeting to be held in Ghent on November 21. Bob Delbecque, a well-known Belgian celebrity and facilitator, engaged the audience in an entertaining way, soliciting statements from people that covered the current hot topics in the Belgian and European feed industry, including GM, antibiotics in animal feed, changing consumer preferences, and the costs of the ever-increasing regulatory requirements. Participants asked how can they compete on the global markets when there is not a level playing field with their competitors.
The highlight of the evening, which was set up by a few comments by Mr. Delbecque, was the formal announcement of the new name of the organization. It will begin the legal and administrative process of changing its name to the Belgian Feed Association (BFA) with the process to be completed by the annual meeting in 2018. Using a name in English is common for Belgian companies who want to avoid any language related issues.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. exported $36.7 million in soybean meal to Belgium in 2016, a five-year high. USSEC’s support for this event strengthens the working relationship with the BFA, keeps U.S. Soy on the radar for the feed companies and end users, and generates a positive image for U.S. Soy.
A team of key customers from the Moroccan dairy and feed industry attended USSEC’s 3rd Regional Dairy Nutrition & Soy Hulls Conference held in Dead Sea, Jordan April 8 – 10.
The team, which was composed of the largest dairy cooperative and feed mill representatives and sales staffs of ruminant feed and milk producers, appreciated its participation in the conference, which gave the members an opportunity to learn more about herd feeding and dairy nutrition management.
The Moroccan dairy sector is composed of large regional dairy producer cooperatives and several smaller dairy coops with a total of 1.2 million cows producing 1,400 million liters of milk per year. Per capita consumption of dairy products was 42 kilograms (kg) five years ago and is projected to reach about 140 kg by 2020. The “Green Morocco Plan” sees the development of modern dairies and the consolidation of smaller units as a projected means to double dairy production by 2020. Most large beef and dairy operations are gradually moving toward integration.
The feed millers association (AFAC) has identified an opportunity in the dairy and ruminant feed for developing the ruminant compound feed market in Morocco. Ruminant compound feed production grew fivefold in the last ten years reaching one million tons in 2016 with a growing use of compound feed by the dairy sector.
Soy product (soybeans, soy hulls, soy oil, bypass proteins, etc.) usage is increasing in dairy feed sustained by a higher understanding of their nutritional supply in concentrates, as nitrogen correctors, and as part of total mix rations (TMR).
USSEC programs continue to better position U.S. Soy products in a growing ruminants feed market. Attendance of key partners to trade and technical conferences contributes to develop new business relationships with prospects for U.S. soybean products.
USSEC hosted a one-day poultry nutrition and disease control seminar on April 7 in Bucharest, Romania with the goal to emphasize the U.S. soybean meal quality, in relation to its impact on nutritional diseases, such as rapid passage syndrome. Over 40 key customers participated in this event.
Dr. Richard Miles, professor emeritus of poultry nutrition, University of Florida, and Dr. Gary Butcher, professor of poultry diseases, University of Florida, visited Romania during the first week of April to meet with Romanian professionals.
Drs. Miles and Butcher accepted the invitation to visit Romania again, a country where several years ago, the two U.S. professors made an important contribution in educating young poultry professionals. In 2007, a group of 10 Romanians had attended a short course in poultry nutrition and disease control at the University of Florida, supported by the U.S. Soy industry. Currently, over 80 percent of the team trained in the U.S. hold key positions at commercial poultry farms in Romania and implementing the knowledge gained. The former short course speakers and participants had the chance to meet again in Romania, thanks to USSEC.
The conference began with a warm welcome for the professors and customers. Dr. Miles’s presentations focused on the importance of early nutrition of modern broilers and on the bird’s gastrointestinal tract development, in relation to U.S. soybean meal quality. The Rapid Passage Syndrome paper was also greatly appreciated, and the audience had many opportunities to interact with Dr. Miles about similar situations occurring in their broiler flocks.
Dr. Butcher’s paper on the use of antibiotics in poultry production and regulations in the EU and the U.S. was the hit of the seminar, inviting the participants to reevaluate current world trends regarding the elimination of antibiotics and the outcomes in the EU.
The participants agreed that the event provided an excellent opportunity to update and gain new knowledge about poultry nutritional related diseases and expressed their preference for U.S. soybean meal versus meals of other origins.
During the first week of April, a team of poultry nutrition and disease control consultants, consisting of Dr. Richard Miles, professor emeritus of poultry nutrition at the University of Florida, and Dr. Gary Butcher, professor of poultry diseases at the University of Florida, visited Romania to provide technical assistance to U.S. soybean meal customers from Romania and Bulgaria. USSEC Animal Utilization Consultant – Romania Dr. Iani Chihaia escorted the visitors.
For three full days, the team of consultants met with key broiler integrations from southern Romania and northern Bulgaria to learn about the current status of poultry diseases in the region and offer recommendations in preventing the most critical threat to the worldwide poultry industry, avian influenza. Dr. Miles emphasized the importance of soybean meal quality for modern broilers and how U.S. Soy creates advantages for the broiler farming industry.
Broiler house management, poultry necropsy techniques, and the reasons for vaccination failure were discussed during onsite sessions organized at the farms for the customers’ technical teams. Young professionals both enjoyed and benefited from the meetings with the U.S. experts and asked for future trainings conducted by Drs. Miles and Butcher.
Although their industries are still considered small, Romania and Bulgaria’s poultry farming sectors have made significant progress during the past decade in both volume and technical performances, enabling them to compete with important European players, making the two countries’ industries valued and reliable customers for U.S. Soy. Offering technical support in the field of nutrition and disease control is creating a win-win relationship between exporters and the growing southeast European poultry industry.
USSEC China was granted non-governmental organization (NGO) licenses on April 1 by the Chinese NGO authority overseeing foreign nongovernmental organizations operating in mainland China, placing USSEC’s Beijing and Shanghai representative offices among the first group of foreign NGO offices to be recognized by the Chinese government for their long-term contribution to the nation’s wellbeing and compliance with the recently-enacted law on foreign NGOs.
Two foreign NGO license handover ceremonies took place in Beijing and Shanghai simultaneously. Licenses were presented to foreign-NGO representatives by senior officials from the Chinese Ministry of Public Security and the municipal NGO offices in recognition for their dedication to bilateral trade, charity, science, education, and health care and compliance with the registration requirement stipulated in China’s Foreign NGOs Management Law, which was enacted in 2016 and came into effect in 2017.
Paul Burke, USSEC Regional Director – North Asia, was greeted by Hao Yunhong, head of the NGO office of the Ministry of Public Security, who handed him the NGO license for USSEC’s Beijing representative office during the ceremony. Mr. Hao said that USSEC had been highly cooperative throughout the registration process, making the work of the NGO office much easier. Mr. Burke said USSEC would like to do what it can to make sure that it operates in China in compliance with the Chinese law.
During an interview after the ceremony, Mr. Burke told Phoenix TV that USSEC, under the new foreign NGO law, would continue to operate in China as normal, and its activities would not be negatively affected.
Under the foreign NGO law of China, foreign NGOs are required to register with the police for their existing representative offices to be officially recognized as legal entities conducting activities in mainland China.
An article co-written by USSEC consultant and professor of animal nutrition at the University of Illinois, Dr. Hans H. Stein, was published in early April in the Journal of Animal Science.
The article, “Chemical Composition and Amino Acid Digestibility of Soybean Meal Produced in the United States, China, Argentina, Brazil, or India,” written by Vanessa Lagos, Ph. D. student in the Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory, and Dr. Stein, reported the results of a case study on the effects of origin of soybean meal on the digestibility of amino acids. The study, “Ileal Digestibility of Soybean Meal in Swine,” was funded by USSEC and the Indiana Soybean Alliance.
Dr. Stein concluded his study in July 2016 and discussed his methodology and results at the 2016 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange. His team analyzed digestible, metabolizable energy by analyzing the feces and urine of pigs.
“The most expensive part of the diet is the energy,” Dr. Stein stated.
The study showed that U.S. soybean meal had more digestible amino acids than that of other origins, and that soybean meal from the U.S. has greater digestibility and less variability in composition and digestibility.
Please click here to listen to the presentation by Ms. Lagos at American Society of Animal Science from the home page of Dr. Stein’s lab. Also, you can see only the abstract and a table of standardized ileal digestibility (SID) of amino acids in soybean meal from different countries at this link.
To read the article in its entirety, please follow this link: Stein pig digestibility jas-95-4-1626 (1)
For more than two decades, the Polish Grain & Feed Chamber has been one of the most influential industry associations in Poland. The organization is also very active in Europe through its membership in the European Feed Industry Federation (FEFAC), the European grain industry lobby group (COCERAL), and, most recently, the European Commodities Exchange. The U.S. Soy industry has long worked with the Chamber on many issues, including channeling professional know-how to the Polish grain, feed, livestock and food industries.
On April 21, when the Chamber held its general assembly of members in Warsaw, USSEC brought Beat Spaeth, EuropaBio, director of Green Biotechnology, to speak to this audience on “The Present and Future of Biotechnology in Global & European Agriculture and Food Chain.” Mr. Spaeth explained the massive adoption of biotech crops in the world: in 2015, 18 million farmers in 28 countries planted biotech crops on 179.7 million hectares (approximately 444 million acres), which is just a marginal decline since 2014, despite furious attacks from opponents. “Could 18 million farmers be wrong about this new technology?” the speaker asked the Polish audience.
Speaking about the benefits that biotech crops and their derivatives offer to farmers and consumers, Mr. Spaeth highlighted the sustainability aspect of green biotechnology: production of more food on less land, reduced inputs use, reduced soil erosion, and lower CO2 emissions. The events that are in the public research institutions’ and the biotech industry’s pipeline will bring more benefits, such as resistance to new diseases, better insect and weed control, tolerance of drought and salty conditions, higher nitrogen use efficiency, better livestock feed efficiency and improved biofuel traits. The speaker stressed the consumer benefits, especially more healthy edible oils and enhanced nutritional value.
Commenting on the attitude to green biotechnology and regulatory practices in the EU, Mr. Spaeth pointed to the common hypocrisy at both Brussels’ and member states’ levels, namely stated support to innovation in agriculture and practiced expelling innovation by delaying authorization for imports, blocking applications for cultivation, and the sharp reduction of field trials. These actions cause the commercial biotech pipelines to focus not on Europe, but on other continents.
USSEC Technical Director – Northeast Europe Jerzy W. Kosieradzki thanked the Polish professional audience and the leaders of the Polish Grain & Feed Chamber for taking the lead in the local battle for extension of the moratorium on implementation of the Polish legal ban on GM feeds that was partially successful. The date of the ban’s implementation was set for January 1, 2019, not 2021, as the industry originally proposed.
USSEC organized two animal feed formulation training sessions in Tunis, Tunisia on April 18 and 19, in collaboration with the Tunisian National Veterinary School (ENMV) and the Scientific Poultry Veterinarian Association (SSTMVA).
Sirri Kayhan, USSEC Country Representative – Turkey and specialist in animal feed formulation, planned these events. The first day was organized at Sidi Thabet at ENMV and the audience was composed of graduate veterinary students and the staff of the nutrition department. The second day was held at the poultry association headquarters, with the presence of nutritionists from eight major feed companies. Mr. Kayhan gave a presentation on feed formulation and performed a practical training session based on real examples.
Dr. Jamel Rekhis, animal nutrition professor and head of LCAAB, National Reference Nutrition Laboratory, also participated by giving a presentation on the importance of soy products in animal nutrition.
Because of the high level of the event, major feed groups were present at this training. After the event, the participants expressed their satisfaction about the scientific level of the speakers and the organization of the event.
Before the training session, Mr. Kayhan had the opportunity to visit two plants with Dr. Riadh Karma, USSEC Country Representative – Tunisia: NUTRIMIX, the largest feed mill in the country, and Green Label Oil (GLO), a new extrusion plant recently build by Poulina Group Holding.
The extrusion plant is a good acquisition for the Poulina Group Holding to satisfy its needs in full fat soybean meal, soybean oil, and express soymeal. The total nominal capacity of this extrusion unit should be around 17,000 metric tons (MT) of beans per month (around 200,000 MT per year). The storage capacity for soybeans will be around 30,000 MT in metal silos.
USSEC consultant Dr. Gary Butcher, a professor of at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, traveled to Egypt from April 8 – 13. His program, which was coordinated by USSEC – Middle East/North African (MENA), provided an opportunity to meet with key technical personnel in the Egyptian poultry industry who had participated in an intensive USSEC training program at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2016.
During the week in Egypt, Dr. Butcher visited three major poultry integrators and spoke at the Reference Laboratory for Poultry Diseases in Cairo. Poultry diseases in Egypt are causing severe losses and are limiting the ability to expand production, as costs of production are increased and the ability to export are adversely affected. Dr. Butcher advised the poultry industry on vaccination programming, interpretation of diagnostic testing, and plans of action for controlling devastating diseases such as H5 and H9 Avian Influenza, Genotype 7 Newcastle disease, and endemic Mycoplasma infections.
Improved production and expansion of the poultry industry in Egypt will increase demand for soybean and soybean products in Egypt and the Middle East.
As part of the study to improve marketing of Egyptian aquaculture products, a wrap up workshop was held on April 18 at the Conrad Hotel in Cairo, entitled “Improved Marketing of Egyptian Aquaculture Products.” Forty participants attended the event. They included fish farmers (both freshwater and marine), traders, feed mill operators, researchers, and some development partners.
The workshop aimed to present the findings of the study undertaken by Ian Goulding and Maggie Kamel to “Characterize and Improve Distribution of Aquaculture Products in Egypt.” The seminar was divided into four sessions: analysis and key findings of the study; recommendations to improve marketing; guidelines for handling of aquaculture products; and discussion.
Based on a SWOT analysis of the aquaculture sector, Goulding drew recommendations for both the private sector, centering around developing new marketing channels through investment in processing and distribution infrastructure; improving safety, hygiene and handling conditions; improved organization of the sector (strengthened association of aquaculture operators); and generic marketing support.
Participants actively engaged in a vibrant discussion over the recommendations. They agreed on the need for establishing an organization to better represent the interests of the sector and lead some of the marketing activities required to support the sector. They also discussed potential technical assistance activities that could be extended by development partners such as training and study tours.
USSEC – Middle East/North Africa (MENA) organized the 3rd Regional Dairy Nutrition Conference, held at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar in Dead Sea, Jordan from April 8 – 11.
United Soybean Board (USB) director Jacob Parker of North Carolina and American Soybean Board (ASA) director Dave Poppens of South Dakota traveled to Jordan for this event and spoke to attendees about their experiences as U.S. farmers and about the benefits of U.S. Soy. Orestes Vasquez, Senior Agricultural Attaché, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), U.S. Embassy – Cairo, gave the opening welcome and Brent Babb, USSEC Regional Director – EU/MENA also welcomed participants to the conference.
The program included: Export Logistics from USA to the Middle East Region; Cow Environment and Comfort Management (mitigation of heat stress with limited resources); Evaluation and Application of Bypass Protein in Dairy Rations; Feeding the Heat Stressed Dairy Cow – Managing the Total Mix Ration (TMR); TMR Formulation for Dairy Cows – The Cost Effect of Bypass Soy to Dairy Diets; Calf Nutrition and its Impact on Later Performance; and A Partnership – The U.S. Soy Total Quality Experience.
65 participants from the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey participated in the conference. Participants included major dairy producers and feed millers in the region.
The activity ended with a field visit led by Frank Delfino of Delfino Nutrition and Management, Inc. to one of the most advanced dairy farms in the region.
Feedback from conference speakers was very positive.
“The 3rd Regional Dairy Nutrition Conference, put together by USSEC – MENA, was a well-organized educational event with a good range of presentation topics and key individuals associated with the dairy industry from the Middle East and North Africa among the attendees,” said Dave Gast, Head Nutritionist, AGP. “The conference provided an excellent opportunity to meet with current customers as well develop new business relationships with prospects for U.S. soybean products. The large attendance at this conference speaks well for the quality of the conference and the value of the social and educational opportunities provided to those in attendance. Looking forward to more great conferences.”
Mr. Delfino stated, “The first day of the conference had very engaged MENA participants with excellent questions and discussion both during and after presentations. The ‘one on one’ meetings lasted well after presentations and into the evening. Could not have been a better venue.”
“Everything ran very smoothly and the attendees chosen, a total of 65 people from 11 countries, was a great mix of cultures and buyers,” said Kevin Sinnott, president of Fornazor International. “We have met many buyers we did not know before the seminar and look forward to following up with all of them on potential business. All of the presenters were very informative.”
USSEC China co-sponsored the 2017 Hebei Feed Industry Development Summit held on March 18 and 19. Approximately one thousand representatives from China’s feed mills, integrators and animal production farms participated in the event.
During the summit, Paul Burke, USSEC Regional Director -North Asia, delivered a presentation on soybean supply and demand, and the advantages and sustainability of U.S. Soy. Soybean customers expressed much interest and asked questions on the global soybean price trends, and the safety of GMO products, among other topics.
Dr. Richard Han, USSEC Technical Director – Animal Utilization (AU), China; Yantian Zeng, USSEC Marketing Program Manager; and Sunny Zhang, USSEC AU Program Manager, also attended this summit, helping promote U.S. Soy and communicating with customers at the USSEC booth.
In an effort to assist continuous knowledge and skills improvement for U.S. Soy customers from the European countries of Russia, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Turkey, USSEC organized an on-site training at two relevant integrated companies, Copiso Coop and DAGU Feed Mill, located near Madrid, Spain.
USSEC consultant Dr. Mateos Gonzalo coordinated the event, which offered participants a broader view of the manufacturing, quality standards, and good practices in Spain during the last week of March. Spain is the second largest feed compound producer in the EU 27, with an annual production of 31 million tons of compound feed and is also one of the top U.S. Soy customers in the region.
The on-site feed mill training has important merits, including unique learning opportunities for both participants and hosts. All participants had the chance to interact at a higher level and bring theoretical discussions and topics to commercial production situations, making topics of interest more tangible and easier to understand.
The first company visited by the team of USSEC trainees was Copiso Feed Mill in Valcobra, part of a fast-growing cooperative from the Soria area in Spain. Copiso offers fertilizers, grains drying, veterinary and transportation services, compound feed and other products to its members, as well as warehousing, swine insemination centers, and related services. The cooperative was founded 50 years ago and its organizational structure is an excellent model for the growing Eastern European agriculture.
DAGU Feed Mill was the second integrator to open its gates for the USSEC training. DAGU is a leader in the egg sector and one of the first operators in the egg export trade from Spain. The company has acquired experience over the last 50 years working in the poultry-farming sector, always maintaining a leadership position. The company has modern equipment and technologies in all production process points: raw materials reception, feed manufacturing, egg production, grading, packing, and processing. All the processes at DAGU, for both the production and marketing of the eggs and egg products are strictly controlled by their own laboratory, which has state of the art technology and complies with the strictest standards of control, thus offering our customers a top quality product.
The field visits at the Copiso Cooperative and Dagu Feed Mills were perfect opportunities for the participants to visit companies to exchange information about the current practices in raw materials quality control systems and feed additives usage in different European countries. Besides learning about the latest advances in raw materials quality, students had the opportunity to understand the Spanish experience in feed quality control under EU laws and regulations and near future challenges in feed additives use.
Learning from the experience of integrated companies from the Soria and Guadalajara areas was highly interesting. Spain is perhaps one of the most noteworthy markets from the point of view of industry organization. The business model of cooperatives and integrated companies has some particularities in Spain: poultry and pork meat producers are acting more like partners with feed manufacturers, meat processing, marketing, and distributors. Animal farmers receive all the feed, drugs, and vet services from the integrator, based on prices agreed between the two parties. This gives the freedom to feed manufacturers to adapt the feed formulation based on the raw materials availability and price in the market.
With eight ports across the Iberian Peninsula, Spain has significant advantages in importing feed ingredients and exporting meat. The country’s strategic location gives the feed and livestock industries the ability to reach any market from Europe and Asia.
A USSEC delegation composed of American Soybean Association (ASA) director Kevin Scott and United Soybean Board (USB) directors Jim Carroll and John Harrell participated in the 4th Poultry Roundtable for Maghreb’s feed industry recently held at Skhirat, Morocco, accompanied by Brent Babb, USSEC Regional Director – EU / Middle East North Africa (MENA). The USSEC event provided an excellent platform to discuss current issues in poultry feeding in Maghreb.
The grower leaders’ team and experts visited leading poultry and feed customers in Morocco to further increase awareness of U.S. Soy quality, reliability, and sustainability among feed and poultry producers. They highlighted their commitment in building strong trade relationships with their professional partners in the Moroccan feed industry and animal producers, especially poultry.
On April 3, the presidents of Moroccan Federation of Poultry Associations (FISA) and the Feed Manufacturers Association (AFAC) signed a certificate of recognition of U.S. Soy’s sustainability following the production protocol outlined in the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP). FISA and USSEC will partner to provide quality, sustainable, and reliable feed to the local industry.
In his speech, Mr. Babb briefly summarized years of partnership and explained U.S. soybeans’ sustainability and current interests.
USSEC continues to develop targeted promotional efforts to accompany the growth of the sector and to help differentiate U.S. soybean meal from others in the Moroccan market. Morocco‘s livestock sector and feed industries continue to grow and become professionally oriented, setting a good example for other North Africa markets. Over 500,000 tons of poultry feed and another half million tons were produced yearly over the last eight years.
The signature of the certificate was well received by the federation, which is very aware of the value and strength of the U.S. supply chain and the high value and quality of U.S. soybean meal.
Over 80 percent of the feed produced in Morocco is by mills that are members of AFAC.
A team of eight key customers from the Tunisian poultry and feed industry attended the 4th USSEC Maghreb Poultry Nutrition Roundtable, held in Skhirat in the Rabat area, Morocco on April 4 and 5.
United Soybean Board (USB) director Jim Carroll III, USB director John Harrell, and American Soybean Association (ASA) director Kevin Scott traveled to Morocco to participate in this event. USSEC consultant Dr. Riadh Karma escorted the Tunisian team.
The Tunisian team members viewed the event as a great success and said it provided an excellent opportunity for them to learn more about advanced poultry nutrition and flock nutrition management.
The participants from Tunisia appreciated being present among a large audience of people from neighboring countries to exchange experiences and do business. After the conference, all of them had, in addition to updated nutrition knowledge, a better idea about the sustainability of the soy production in the U.S.
Dr. Nabil Darwish, chairman of Egyptian Poultry Producers, spoke at the U.S. – Middle East/North African (MENA) Agribusiness Trade Mission in Cairo, Egypt on April 2. Below is the text of the speech that Dr. Darwish delivered to USSEC chairman Jim Miller, USSEC CEO Jim Sutter, and representatives of the Egyptian soy industry.
“On behalf of the Egyptian Poultry Association, welcome again to Egypt and thanks to the great events and programs that have been organized by the USSEC team over the past few years.
We have found the events and programs very useful because of the following points:
- Gathered decision makers from around the world in the same field under one roof and gave us a chance to talk about the opportunities and challenges of our industries and listen to each other’s perspective and viewpoints
- Opportunity to meet potential customers and suppliers in the events and broaden our network which created many opportunities
- Opportunity to meet with the industry’s specialists and broaden our technical network, which helps in the improvement and advancement of our industry
- Tackle some of the important topics facing our industry like disease prevention, biosecurity, cost-efficient feed formulation, nutrition, and production efficiency
- Emphasize the importance of the quality of commodities in feed production; U.S.-origin soybeans improving diet quality and performance
- Discuss purchasing of raw material and the different purchasing approaches that can be done to decrease the feed cost
- Logistics handling and its importance in trade sustainability
- What to look at and what to look for to facilitate and influence purchasing decisions
- Appreciate technical services program to extruders & presses to make expelled soybean meal for poultry
- We found the events very well organized and the team was always helpful; we thank you very much for the great efforts that have been done and we look forward to attend future events.”
|China Aquaculture Conference||Fuzhou, China||
|China Swine Study Tour to US||IA, NE, SD, MN||Xiaoping Zhang/
|11-16||Japan Poultry Industry Tour||Kansas||
|12-15||Aquaculture Investment Workshop (V-AIW)||Panama City, Panama||
|U.S. SBM Advantage Seminar||Seoul, Korea||Hyung Suk Lee/Jisook Chung|
|14-17||14th Soy in Social & Government Programs Seminar (venue for soy flour and isolates)||Puerto Morelos, Q.Roo, Merida||
No activities for July
|14||USSEC Board Meeting||Omaha, NE||
|Trade Team Invitational (GTE)||Omaha, NE||Will McNair|
|16-17||U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange||Omaha, NE||
|Trade Team Field Day||Nebraska||Will McNair|
|27- 9/9||China Crop Tour Team||MO, IA, IL, IN, OH,
|5-9||1st Annual SBO Summit||Merida, Mexico||Nayeli Vilanova|
|Southeast Asia Ag Leadership Summit (formerly SEA Buyers Conference)||Auckland, New Zealand||Tim Loh|
|Japan Sustainability Team||Arkansas, Iowa||
|17-20||U.S. Soy Family’s 35th Anniversary Celebration in Beijing||Beijing, China||
|31-11/1||Worldwide Aquaculture Stakeholder Engagement Initiative||TBD||
USSEC participated in the U.S. – Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Agribusiness Trade Mission that took place in Cairo, Egypt from April 2 – 6. Over 40 U.S. business representatives met with senior Egyptian government and private sector officials to discuss ways to expand agricultural trade between the United States and Egypt.
USSEC chairman and American Soybean Association (ASA) Jim Miller, USSEC CEO Jim Sutter, USSEC Acting Asia Subcontinent (ASC) Regional Lead Pam Helmsing, and USSEC Regional Consultant – MENA Mousa Wakileh traveled to Cairo and Alexandria to meet with soy industry leaders from Egyptian animal, aquaculture, feed and soy processing industries.
After the opening session on the first day, USSEC’s team participated in a soy industry roundtable meeting with 12 attendees, including the largest soybean crushing industry, feed millers, poultry producers, and aquaculture representatives in Cairo to review recent joint programs and to discuss opportunities for future collaboration. Along with feed formulation and the proper valuation of U.S. Soy amino acids’ profile, the group discussed ongoing poultry disease issues limiting profitability in the local industry. USSEC is sponsoring poultry disease training in Egypt and at the University of Florida with one of world’s leading experts and plans to continue the training in the coming years.
Alexandria is home to major soy industry activity in Egypt and meetings were held at two expanding facilities on day two. Alex Seeds showed its new crushing and soy oil bottling facility, which expands their crush facility to 5,000 tons per day, and Cargill displayed its crushing plant that is expanding to 6,000 tons per day.
A soy industry lunch to discuss the Egyptian market concluded the visit to the soy crushing plants. Lunch attendees included Mark Slupek, Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) Deputy Administrator; Darrell Upshaw, Program Manager; Ron Verdonk, Regional Agricultural Minister Counselor; J. Bret Tate, Agricultural Attaché; and Ahmed Wally, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – FAS Agricultural Specialist; and two of the largest local traders and crushers.
A visit to the new office building of the Wadi Group was conducted to talk to CEO and president of Wadi Holdings Tony Freiji and his team about their business and their views on issues facing the industry in Egypt.
The visit to Egypt concluded with a soy industry dinner with 25 attendees, including Mr. Verdonk and the largest soybean crushers, feed millers, and poultry producers.
It is clear after speaking with mission participants and Egyptian industry representatives that there is optimism in the air and an expectation of even better days ahead. USSEC looks forward to a continued relationship and working together with the Egyptian animal, aquaculture, feed, and soy processing industries on various marketing initiatives and programs. Egypt has long been the largest market for U.S. Soy in the MENA region, and USSEC programs have supported strong growth in the Egyptian crushing, extrusion, poultry nutrition and diseases, dairy, and aquaculture industries.
USSEC conducted its 4th Poultry Roundtable for Maghreb’s Feed Industry on April 4 and 5 in Skhirat (Rabat area), Morocco. The conference, part of USSEC’s FY17 promotional program in the Middle East / North Africa (MENA) region, provided an excellent platform to discuss current issues in poultry feeding in Maghreb. Over 45 key customers from the feed and poultry industry attended the conference: 9 from Tunisia, 13 from Algeria and 24 from Morocco.
The program aimed to update feed mill owners and managers, nutritionists, integrators, traders, and others recent advances in nutrition and feeding of poultry, showing the advantages of U.S. soybean meal.
USSEC Regional Director – MENA Brent Babb highlighted the importance of Maghreb markets within MENA and globally. Morocco and Tunisia are the largest buyers of U.S. Soy products, which are the main U.S. agricultural value products in Maghreb, a leading export destination for U.S. Soy products.
USSEC and American Soybean (ASA) director Kevin Scott and United Soybean Board (USB) directors Jim Carroll and John Harrell visited leading poultry customers’ facilities in Morocco. Mr. Carroll and Mr. Scott presented their respective farming operations, U.S. Soy production, and showed the sustainability of their practices. They presented U.S. soybean farmer sustainability goals by 2025.
Dr. Rory Deverel, vice president of INTL FC Stone Ltd, covered global supply and demand of different feed commodities, market trends, and variation factors.
A presenter from each of the three markets updated attendees on poultry and feed industries in their respective markets and discussed various aspects of the soy business in the Maghreb region during the panel organized at the end of the roundtable conference. “B” to “B” sessions were then held with USSEC consultant experts.
The conference was followed by field visits to key customers’ facilities in feed and poultry industry. All customers visited were satisfied with the consistent quality of U.S. soybean meal and the reliability of the U.S. soybean value chain. These two main recognized advantages of U.S. Soy products are not found when soybean meal is sourced from other origins.
Team discussions at one-on-one meeting with Alf Al Mabrouk covered quality issues of U.S. soybean meal. At Alf Sahel, the largest mill in Morocco, a visit was organized to the new extrusion facility that was recently installed. Purchasing and logistics of soy products from the U.S. were discussed at Sofalim feed mill where the team highlighted the need for high quality feed and ingredients such as U.S. hipro meal to obtain top performance for the company turkey and broiler productions.
Although Morocco’s compound feed production declined to 3.75 million metric tons (MMT) in 2016 due to the avian influenza (AI) outbreak with 73 percent going to the poultry industry, poultry remains by far the main the largest user of soybean meal.