Participants in the USSEC Japan Soybean Meal Feed and Swine Nutrition course learn about U.S. soybean production at Lance Rezac’s soybean and swine farm near Onaga, Kansas, U.S. Photo courtesy of IGP. 
MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. – Eight professionals from the Japanese feed industry recently participated in training at the Kansas State University IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.

The group leaned about feed and swine nutrition during the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC)–KSU Japan Soybean Meal (SBM) Feed and Swine Nutrition training.

This collaboration was done with USSEC organizing the group, the Kansas Soybean Commission helping sponsor the course, and the IGP Institute hosting the group and providing the technical training and education.

“I have just started learning about feeding amino acid concepts in swine nutrition, so that course topic was interesting for me,” said Kazuji Karibe, swine research and development at Itochu Feeds in Japan. “The current swine nutrition research at the university was also very good.”

Course topics covered a variety of technical aspects in both the grain and swine industries. These topics included protein and amino acid concepts in swine feeding focused on SBM, nutritional differences between SBM sources, nutrition requirements in swine and inclusion of SBM, quality control on a feed mill, batching and mixing, and particle size reduction and pelleting process for swine feed production.

Along with classroom presentations and group discussions, participants also visited several locations in Kansas, including: Lance Rezac’s soybean and swine farm near Onaga; the Kansas Soybean Commission in Topeka; Midwest Ag Services Feed Mill in Seneca; Delong Shuttle Train Facility in Edgerton; and they took a virtual tour of the KSU Swine Teaching and Researching Center in Manhattan.

“For us and the soybean family, it is very important to strengthen are business relationships with Japan,” said Carlos Campabadal, course coordinator and IGP’s feed manufacturing and grain quality management specialist. “We are always looking on providing the best technical education for the trade teams.”

Campabadal said this course is part of the training programs that IGP hosts for the USSEC office in Japan annually focusing on monogastric nutrition for both swine and poultry. These training programs are supported by the Kansas Soybean Commission and are targeted to animal nutritionists, producers and feed millers.