Pork producers are an important customer for U.S. soybean growers. Hogs and pigs in the United States consume more than 8.5 million tons of soybean meal each year. For the United Soybean Board and soybean checkoff, supporting animal agriculture remains a high priority.
U.S. livestock producers continue to be every U.S. soybean farmer’s number one customer. In total, U.S. livestock and poultry consume nearly 98 percent of the domestic supply of soybean meal. “This accounts for about 1.4 billion bushels of soybeans that are produced in this country,” says Jim Schriver, Indiana Soybean Farmer and USB Director. “That’s right at half the total production that’s being consumed by our animal agriculture.”
The United Soybean Board provides financial support to the U.S. pork producers as well as the entire livestock industry by partnering on programs to increase international demand for U.S. meat. Last year, the soybean checkoff contributed more than $1.2 million to the U.S. Meat Export Federation to support pork exports to Japan and Mexico.
Here are more examples of the close working relationship between U.S. pork producers and the United Soybean Board:
Pork Domestic Facts
• The soybean checkoff has partnered with the National Pork Board and QUALISOY, as well as other researchers, to fund research on soybean traits and animal nutrition that will benefit the pork industry.
• Research continues every day to improve the energy available from soybean meal for swine diets. This energy gain is being accomplished by reducing the non-digestible carbohydrates in the soybean. Soybean Checkoff funded research is also exploring ways to reduce phytate-bound phosphorus to reduce nutrients in manure. This research focuses on traits that will address environmental concerns by reducing phytate-phosphorus present in the soybean and improving the available energy in soybean meal.
Pork Export Facts
• Pork holds the greatest potential to significantly expand indirect soybean meal exports; pork is the fastest growing export from the U.S.
Source: United Soybean Board