The global animal agriculture industry consumes 97% of all U.S.-produced soybean meal, and U.S. farmers are diligent about practices to ensure that their soybean meal is a dependable feed ingredient, according to the United Soybean Board (USB).
Most of this soybean meal is consumed by swine and poultry. Because of this, USB is monitoring and responding to a recent outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in China, and U.S. farmers are being encouraged to take extra measures to mitigate a potential domestic outbreak by using U.S.-produced soybean meal. While spread by direct or indirect contact, viruses can live on most surfaces for short periods of time, including on feed that was exposed to infected animals.
ASF has not been detected in the U.S., although it has spread to parts of Europe. Consequently, U.S. pork producers are being cautioned to take extra care with imported feed ingredients or synthetic additives and to consider buying more U.S. soybean meal, USB said.
USB noted that the soy checkoff has consistently participated in efforts to control foreign animal diseases, including projects to mitigate and eradicate threats such as ASF, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and others. USB said its efforts related to pathogens include cross-industry discussions with USB’s feed technical team, which will continue to coordinate during this latest occurrence.