The March/April issue of Feed Management featured an special report on the U.S. feed industry. In 2014, the United States accounted for nearly 18 percent of the World’s animal feed production; a total volume of 168 million tons. This estimate is about two percent greater than 2013. The report developed by the American Feed Industry Association indicates the poultry industry accounts for about half of the total manufactured feed in the U.S. Table 1 provides total U.S. feed production by species:
Provides total U.S. feed production by species: (*)
U.S. Feed Production by Species (2013)
Soybean Meal Use by Species (**)
Soybean Meal Use by Species
It is interesting to compare these values to the domestic use of soybean meal (Table 2). The poultry industry also uses about half of the soybean meal produced followed by swine; these species requiring a quality protein for efficient production. The amino acid composition of soybean meal complements the amino acids in feed grains to develop rations that support optimum performance.
References (*) Jackie Roembke. 2015. US animal feed production volumes growing. WATTAgNet.com 66 (2): 2-10. and (**) http://soystat.com/.
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