Industry experts representing Northern Soy Marketing are continuing conversations about the benefits of northern U.S.-grown soy this month in Southeast Asia. 

Dr. Robert Swick, poultry nutrition consultant, is currently in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, at the U.S. Soybean Export Council’s (USSEC) Feed Technology and Animal Nutrition Conference. He presented two papers showcasing the higher value of U.S. soybean meal versus competitor’s soybean meal and the value of critical amino acids. Next week, Swick will visit members of Vietnam’s feed industry, one that is in strong recovery from a bout of African Swine Fever, the No. 1 pig producer in Southeast Asia and second in broiler and layer poultry production. Vietnam is now the top feed producer in Southeast Asia and among the top 10 globally, with a production of 27 MMT in 2022.  

Swick is traveling with local USSEC Technical Representative Nguyen Tien Thinh. They will visit Greenfeed and ANT feed mills to discuss benefits of soybean meal produced from northern-grown soybeans and give recommendations for feed management of sows and laying hens. Greenfeed produces 1,100,000 MT of feed per year and has swine farms, layers farms and feed mills in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. ANT Company produces 1,000,000 MT of feed per year for swine and broilers. Swick and Thinh will also visit Sunjin Feed Mill in Hung Yen province and Mavin feed mill in Hai Duong province. 

Dr. Swick will be joined by another NSM consultant, University of Minnesota Extension soybean agronomist Dr. Seth Naeve, at USSEC’s U.S. Soy Supply Workshop in Surabaya, Indonesia, on June 6.  

Attendees will learn about U.S. soy product nutrition, such as amino acid profile and energy, and trade and import data like pricing trends, shipping rates. and U.S. soy exporters necessary to purchase U.S. soy. 

Dr. Swick will present on the importance of essential amino acids and the critical amino acid value in poultry feed formulation. Dr. Naeve will speak about how soybean genetics determine soybean meal quality.  

The workshop is also supported by the American Soybean Association, United Soybean Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Indonesia Feed Mill Association.