The Czech Feed Industry Annual Conference 2016 was a two-day event held in Brno, the center of the Czech Republic’s agricultural and livestock science and commercial activities. USSEC presented the advantages of U.S. soybean meal and derived products to an audience of 150 professionals.
USSEC consultant Dr. Gonzalo G. Mateo, University Politechnica Madrid, gave a presentation on the nutritional and economic characteristics of U.S. soybean meal as compared with rapeseed meal, sunflower meal, and dried distiller grains with solubles (DDGs), as well as with soymeals of various origins. USSEC Technical Director – Northeast Europe Jerzy Kosieradzki supported Dr. Mateo during Q & A time and during discussions with the audience during breaks and after sessions.
Alexander Doering, Secretary General of the European Feed Industry Federation (FEFAC), provided a thorough explanation of the many issues the European and global feed/food chains currently face. He also explained that the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) had been positively benchmarked against FEFAC’s Soy Sourcing Guidelines through the independent International Trade Centre (ITC) customized benchmark tool on March 8, 2016. He emphasized a long and faithful cooperation between FEFAC and USSEC, which would lead to providing transparency to interested EU feed associations and member companies who wish to make further progress towards the mainstream market transition for the supply of sustainably produced soy to the EU feed sector.
At a post event meeting, Josef Svoboda, Secretary General of the Czech Grain & Feed Association – SKK, concluded, “All our audience greatly appreciated USSEC’s input provided in the form of a great presentation on how to understand and utilize the differences between these protein-rich feed ingredients and make the most of them in feeding poultry and pigs, and some sponsoring. The U.S. Soy industry’s contribution helped us to make our annual conference a success.”