USSEC Shares Analysis Data to Better Assist Formulators and Purchasing Staff to Evaluate Comparative Value of U.S. SBM
USSEC Animal Utilization (AU) technical director Dr. Richard Han recently met with formulators from Harim Co., Ltd., the largest broiler integrator in Korea, and representatives from its family feed mill Jeil Feed Co., Ltd. The purpose of the meetings was to update the formulators about nutrient analysis data on every vessel load of imported soybean meal (SBM) into Korea since January 2013 with an emphasis on amino acid. Korean feed mills imported SBM from the U.S., Brazil, China, India and Vietnam this year.
Dr. Han emphasized the comparative amount of essential amino acids, such as Lysine (Lys) and Methionine (Met), in U.S. SBM. According to the data analyzed by the Korea Feed Association, U.S. SBM provided 2.88-2.91% Lys and 0.62-0.66% Met while Brazilian soybean meal provided 2.84-2.85% Lys and 0.59-0.60% Met. Dr. Han asked the formulators to estimate the comparative economic value of U.S. soybean meal over Brazilian soybean meal in their broiler feeds formulation. This part of the process helped develop consensus between Harim’s formulators and its purchasing staff regarding the comparative economic value of U.S. SBM over Brazilian SBM based on amino acid content. USSEC’s ultimate goal is for purchasing staff to place more emphasis on amino acids when purchasing SBM.