Research on Soybean Meal Offers Food for Thought
By Geoff Geddes, for Swine Innovation Porc
Is boosting income or cutting costs the key to success? In pork production, it’s like choosing between food and water for survival: they’re both kind of important. Since the revenue side depends on market forces that are largely beyond your control, trimming expenses is a focal point for science and industry. Given that feed represents the greatest cost, it is often the target of research, and that was the case in a recent project on fermentation of soybean meal.
“Soybean meal is produced from the residue left after oil extraction,” said Dr. Julang Li, Professor in the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph. “It is a balanced, high quality protein source for animal production that is cheaper than some alternatives like fish meal. Being plant based, soybean meal is also preferable to animal protein sources such as blood plasma that carry a risk for spreading pathogens.
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