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USSEC Releases White Paper on Nutritional Value of U.S. Soybean Meal

According to a white paper released by USSEC, the United States soybean industry enjoys high soil fertility, proper climate, excellent plant genetics, and outstanding crop management from farm to port allowing production of the highest quality soybeans and soybean meal in the world. Analyses show that soybeans grown in the U.S., compared to other origins, contain a higher concentration of the essential amino acids needed by animals.
The white paper, which is supported by extensive global research, states that U.S. soybean and soybean meal products contain more nutrients than soybean meal of other origins, including:

  • Superior amino acid content and amino acid profile
  • Increased metabolizable energy content due to higher sugar levels, lower fiber content and improved amino acid digestibility
  • Higher total phosphorus content
  • Greater uniformity among batches, per test results
  • Maximized use of the essential amino acids will reduce production costs, while increasing animal production profitability.

The document also suggested means to maximize the value of U.S. soybean meal:

  • Purchasing managers should source the highest value products with value measured in terms of nutrient density and feeding value.
  • Production managers should be offering animals rations that meet animal nutrient requirements to deliver efficient performance.
  • Nutritionists should formulate with accurate ingredient nutrient profiles and precise nutrient specifications to properly utilize the superior value of U.S. soybean meal.
  • Ownership should understand increased profit will occur if U.S. soybean meal is used.

The full white paper, its summary and available translations can be found at