IGP USSEC MENA feed course 2018
Eric Maichel, operations manager and extrusion specialist in the Bioprocessing and Industrial Value-Added Program (BIVAP), leads a demonstration over extrusion processing during the U.S. Soybean Export Council Middle East and North Africa Poultry Feed training. Photos courtesy of IGP.
MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — Middle Eastern and North African professionals learned more about poultry nutrition as part of the U.S. Soybean Export Council’s (USSEC) Middle East and North Africa Feed Manufacturing Training at the IGP Institute from May 7-11.

The 12 participants came from countries in the North African region, including Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.

 “This course is a great example of the commitment of the IGP Institute and USSEC to train U.S. soybean and soybean meal buyers in advanced feed manufacturing topics that helps them improve their process,” said Carlos Campabadal, feed manufacturing and grain quality specialist and course coordinator.

IGP USSEC MENA feed course 2018
Sajid Alavi, extrusion specialist, explains the process of extrusion processing to participants.
The topics covered in the training included U.S. feed production; particle size reduction; batching and mixing; energy audits; feed mill management; quality control in a feed mill; pelleting; pellet cooling and liquid applications; extrusion; grain, soybean and feed ingredient storage and mycotoxin control; quality differences of soybean meal by origin; the effects of feed processing on poultry nutrition; steam systems; and worker safety in feed mills.

Participants also toured Midwest Ag Services Feed Mill in Seneca, Kansas, U.S., and applied their knowledge in KSU’s O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Center during a workshop that covered particle size determination, mixing uniformity and pellet quality determination.

“We’ve learned good practices from the course in feed manufacturing, safety and quality control and how to manage the products in the process,” said Mustafa Ben Rejeb, technical sales manager at Sanders in Tunisia. “These practices now help me understand what we have to do to have the best quality of pellets in the process, which will help me in my job.”