Soybean farmers should support number one customer
A representative of the US soybean industry has said
that soybean farmers should support the US poultry and livestock industry as its
number one customer, as improvements in poultry exports ultimately benefit the
soybean industry as well.
His comments came as a recently completed study showed the value of US meat
and poultry exports to soybean producers.
Livestock and poultry producers buy the majority of US soybean meal, and
meat exports continue to rise.
The study shows that as populations grow and attain greater wealth, more
people add meat-based protein to their diets. A growing world population and
more disposable income for some groups around the globe represent opportunities
for US livestock and poultry to benefit.
In 2005, chickens destined for export consumed soybean meal from about 81
million bushels of soybeans, and turkeys consumed another 10 million bushels
"US livestock and poultry represent the number one market for US soybean
meal, so what's good for meat exports tends to be good for soybean farmers,"
says Phil Bradshaw, chair of the United Soybean Board's
Animal Agriculture Initiative
"It's important for soybean farmers to support the domestic poultry and
livestock industries in every way we can," says Bradshaw. "That means helping to
avoid diseases like avian
, but also showing support to our local poultry and livestock
farmers, as they represent our number one customer."
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