Overcoming the challenges of soybean meal in piglet feed

Soybeans can add a great deal to piglet diets, but they come with their share of problems as well.

Despite recent hikes in price, soybean protein, in its many and variable forms, remains one of the most attractive protein sources in pig diets. Soybean meal, the most common soybean product, is not just one more unavoidable agro-industrial byproduct from the oil extraction industry, but rather one of the most valuable commodities in animal nutrition. Its protein profile, which is poor in methionine but rich in lysine, complements very adequately that of cereal protein, which is rich in methionine but poor in lysine.