30 key Turkish poultry and feed producers, nutritionists, and quality control managers connected with USSEC and leading industry suppliers at USSEC’s poultry nutrition, feed formulation, near infrared (NIR) technologies, and quality control seminar on February 8 and 9 in Izmir, Turkey.
Participating in such events helps USSEC to form a direct relationship with feed and poultry producers, understand their needs, inform the industry about the latest developments, help to develop future activities, personally interact with the participants, and deliver USSEC’s message to the industry firsthand.
During the seminar, USSEC consultant Dr. Nelson Ruiz presented the quality parameters for the utilization of soy products in animal and especially in poultry nutrition. He concluded from the research data that in contrast to soybean meal, the urease activity test is not a reliable predictor of the quality of full-fat soybeans. However, the measurement of the true anti-nutritional factors, such as trypsin inhibitors, is an acceptable predictor of full-fat soybean quality. He also presented the take-home message that soybean meal and full-fat soybeans are two different ingredients with different compositions, generated by very different processes, which may help to explain why different quality parameters apply to each ingredient.
On the conference’s second day, USSEC consultant Dr. Gonzalo Mateos presented on the nutritional value and advantages of U.S. soybean meal, specifically the added value of the digestible amino acid content in U.S. soybean meal.
Speakers from leading industry companies spoke about other topics. Mark Ghilooly of Cargill spoke about formulation; Christian Tolleback from FOSS talked about NIR technologies; and Mirza Meghji of Salama Systems presented quality control. These speakers emphasized the importance of quality control, using NIR technologies in QC, evaluation of suppliers, origin of the soybean meal, and using correct nutritional values in the formulation of the diets.
USSEC country representative – Turkey Sırrı Kayhan ensured that attendees received the message about soybean products. He talked with the producers about the consumption, competitiveness, and sustainability of U.S. soybean production.
During the seminar, USSEC emphasized the high nutritional value of U.S. soybean meal, the importance of quality control, the importance of origin and supplier evaluation in quality control, and integrating this information to the formulation. All of these areas are key to increase U.S. Soy consumption in the feed.