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Soybean & Pork checkoffs partner

The soybean checkoff and pork checkoff continue to partner on mutually beneficial research despite the challenges of high feed costs. As soybean meal prices have followed other protein products upward, it has become more important for livestock and poultry producers to extract every ounce of nutrition available from their soybean meal.

"Livestock and poultry are our number one customer, consuming 98 percent of the US soybean meal used domestically," says Phil Bradshaw, United Soybean Board (USB) Animal Agriculture Team Lead and a soybean farmer from Griggsville, Ill.

"The US pork industry specifically uses about 25 percent of the domestically used soybean meal, so there is a strong partnership between soybean farmers and pork producers."

Research projects
That partnership has led to collaboration among the United Soybean Board (USB), the National Pork Board (NPB) and QUALISOY to fund two very important research projects.

The North American Swine Energy System, a two-year research program evaluating the use of net-energy systems for US feedstuffs. This project is set to conclude in August, while the three-year Development of an Allergenicity Model in Swine project will conclude next May.

Related Website
• Pork Checkoff
• Soybean Checkoff
• Animalag

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