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Iowa Swine Day Pre-Conf Symposium: Soybean Meal 360°

Ames, Iowa (May 23, 2024) – Dr. David Holzgraefe, swine nutritionist and owner of Holzgraefe Innovative Services, LLC, will moderate the upcoming Iowa Swine Day Pre-conference Symposium titled: Soybean Meal 360: Expanding our horizons through discoveries and field-proven feeding strategies for improving pork production. The new half-day symposium will be held July 24, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT at the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa.

“The Swine Day Pre-conference Symposium provides a 360º perspective of soybean meal use for the pork industry to understand and apply the breadth of soybean meal’s amino acids, energy and complementary nutrition factors into wise, effective feeding strategies and enables the foundation for the next generation of new discoveries,” said Dr. Holzgraefe.

The program

Eight leading swine industry experts will cover a range of interrelated soy topics including:

  • U.S. soybean processing industry – the dynamics of change by Gordon Denny, General Manager, Thornton, CO
  • Quantifying the value of increased soybean meal crude protein and energy in swine and poultry diets by Micah Pope, MS, Senior Consultant, Centrec Consulting Group, Savoy, IL
  • Soybean meal net energy and productive energy are higher in commercial pork production systems by Aaron Gaines, PhD, Managing Partner, Ani-Tek, Shelbina, MO and Hans Stein, PhD, Professor, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
  • Soybean meal functional compounds – the science behind observations of improved pig health and viability by Amy Petry, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Pig growth is impaired with soybean meal displacement by Eric van Heugten, PhD, Professor, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • The value of dietary soybean meal in preventing carcass weight reduction during summer months by David Rosero, PhD, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • What does all this mean for swine diet formulations? by Bart Borg, PhD, Director of Nutrition, Standard Nutrition Services, Ames, IA

The program will wrap up with all speakers joining a robust question and answer panel discussion moderated by Dr. R. Dean Boyd, with Animal Nutrition Research, LLC.

“It is a pleasure to be involved in the Iowa Swine Day Pre-conference Symposium. This important event brings research to light that exposes the remarkable health and growth-promoting aspects of soybean meal,” said Dr. Boyd. “I spent 20 years of my career helping to enlarge the amino acid library to reduce diet cost, only to learn that extreme soybean meal displacement with these and competing proteins harms summer carcass weight and impairs growth during winter months. This symposium brings the complete story to light – from processing to practical, profitable solutions.”

Who should participate?

Nutritionists, veterinarians, producers and academia will benefit immensely from the information exchange. Other members of the soybean meal value chain are also invited to attend.

Click here to learn more and register for the symposium.

About U.S. Soy

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