Manufacturing and nutrition standards are continually updating and becoming more precise in today’s operations. To this end, USSEC sponsored a feed and swine nutrition training at the Kansas State University International Grains Program (IGP) Institute from December 4 – 8. The USSEC – KSU Japan Soybean Meal (SBM) Feed and Swine Nutrition training was held for eight industry professionals from Japan December 4–8, 2017.
This collaboration was done with USSEC organizing the group, the Kansas Soybean Commission helping sponsor the course, and the IGP Institute at Kansas State University hosting the group and providing the technical training and education.
“I have just started learning about feeding amino acid concepts in swine nutrition, so that course topic was interesting for me,” says Kazuji Karibe, swine research and development at Itochu Feeds in Japan. “The current swine nutrition research at the university was also very good.”
Course topics covered a variety of technical aspects in both the grain and swine industries. These topics included protein and amino acid concepts in swine feeding focused on SBM, nutritional differences between SBM sources, nutrition requirements in swine and inclusion of SBM, quality control on a feed mill, batching and mixing, and particle size reduction and pelleting process for swine feed production.
Along with classroom presentations and group discussions, participants also visited United Soybean Board (USB) director and Kansas Soybean Commission vice chairman Lance Rezac’s soybean and swine farm near Onaga, Kansas; the Kansas Soybean Commission in Topeka; Midwest Ag Services Feed Mill in Seneca, Kansas; Delong Shuttle Train Facility in Edgerton, Kansas; and they took a virtual tour of the KSU Swine Teaching and Researching Center in Manhattan, Kansas.
“For us and the soybean family, it is very important to strengthen our business relationships with Japan. We are always looking to provide the best technical education for the trade teams,” says Carlos Campabadal, course coordinator and IGP’s feed manufacturing and grain quality management specialist.
Mr. Campabadal shares that this course is part of the training programs that IGP hosts for the USSEC office in Japan annually focusing on monogastric nutrition for both swine and poultry. These training programs are supported by the Kansas Soybean Commission and are targeted to animal nutritionists, producers and feed millers.
To watch a video about the short course, please click here.