A new meta-analytical study reinforces United States Soy’s reputation as a global leader in quality and nutrient-density. The study, entitled, “Chemical composition, protein quality and nutritive value of commercial soybean meals produced from beans from different countries,” demonstrates that not all soybean meals are created equal and that meals from different countries of origin should be treated individually when formulating swine and poultry diets.
The data from this study was then processed by the Nutrient Value Calculator (NVC), a software tool constructed by Genesis Feed Technologies, a company built to bring visibility into feed costs. This cost analysis supported the economic benefits of U.S. soybean meal, relative to meals from other origins, as a key ingredient in poultry rations.
Dr. Gonzalo Mateos, Professor of Animal Science at the University of Madrid in Spain and study co-author, first presented the findings from the meta-analysis at the U.S. Soybean Export Council’s (USSEC) Asia Trade Exchange to 850 U.S. Soy customers and soybean industry representatives.
This pioneering compilation of research is the most comprehensive quality review of soybean meal that has ever been conducted, and it gives customers greater clarity around soybean meal quality from different countries of origin. The meta-analysis looked at 18 different studies and 1,944 samples to quantify the relationship between country of origin of the bean and the chemical composition and nutritive value of the soybean meal. Soybeans from the following origins were analyzed: Argentina (ARG), Brazil (BRA), USA (USA) and India (IND).
“One of the main points from the study, is that customers should be using different matrices for the evaluation of the nutritional value of soybean meals of different origins. If they buy only based on protein or vegetable sucrose content, they may buy a product that is actually of lower quality. Therefore, it is important to check all of the values that are related to the nutritive value of the soybean meal before making purchase decisions, which this study addresses,” says Dr. Gonzalo Mateos, Professor of Animal Science at the University of Madrid, Spain. Business Wire