Eighteen leading feed manufacturers from China were recently in Fargo at the Northern Crops Institute attending the Feed Manufacturing Technology course.
The China Feed Study Team is the first group to do hands-on training with the NCI Feed Center's newly upgraded equipment.
The course was co-sponsored by Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, North Dakota Soybean Council, and South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, in conjunction with the U.S. Soybean Export Council.
"China is the largest user of soybeans and the largest manufacturer of animal feed in the world," says Lead Kim Koch, NCI Feed Center manager and lead instructor. "Their demand for feed is increasing annually by 10-12%. China raises 50% of all the pigs in the world, but their poultry production is gaining ground on swine, and aquaculture is becoming more important. Chinese domestic production of soybeans and corn has probably peaked, and therefore, they are becoming major importers of soybeans and corn."
Other speakers and topics included: Frayne Olson, Ph.D., North Dakota State University, who discussed commodity price outlook; Peter Mishek, President of Mishek Inc. & Associates, Omaha, who introduced essential amino acids in soybeans and soybean meal; David Hahn, Ph.D., NCI Director of Technical Services and Business Development, who spoke on food and feed safe manufacturing practices; and Robert Thaler, Ph.D., South Dakota State University, who presented information on soybean meal utilization.
The group visited Scott Gauslow's farm near Colfax, N.D.
"We strongly believe that the high quality soybeans produced in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota result in better animal performance," Koch says. "Regional soybean production will continue to increase in the next 5-10 years. NCI is very grateful to the regional soybean commodity groups who conceived and sponsored this course," he concludes.
Northern Crops Institute (NCI) supports regional agriculture and value-added processing by conducting educational and technical programs that expand and maintain domestic and international markets for northern-grown crops. NCI is funded by the states of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and commodity groups in those states and Montana.