Soybean meal (SBM) for animal use (77%) dominated the domestic and international use of the 2008/09 US soy harvest of nearly 82 million metric tons, followed by human food products (20%) and industrial uses such as biofuels (3%).
About half of SBM contains a high amount of protein with a complimentary balance of amino acids similar to corn, making it a good protein source. However, 35% of SBM consists of carbohydrate which is ineffectively utilized by poultry and swine. As a result, additional use and value of soy be the livestock industries will likely come from maximizing nutritional value for the animal.
Dr. Paul Brown received his PhD from Texas A&M University in 1987 and then joined the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University in 1989. His research program focuses on aquaculture and aquatic animal nutrition with a focus on replacing fish meal with soybean meal in diets for yellow perch and hybrid striped bass.
Dr. Scott Radcliffe's research focuses on "environmental nutrition" in swine and poultry. Specifically, his lab is investigating dietary additives that reduce nutrient excretion and that might serve as potential replacements for subtherapeutic levels of antibiotics in the diet.
Dr. Brian Richert is an Associate Professor of Animal Sciences, specializing in swine nutrition and management. Recent research focuses on the effects of low-phytic acid corn, low-phytic acid soybean meal, and phytase on nutrient digestibility and excretion in growing pigs.
Dr. Allan Schinckel conducts research in the areas of genetic selection programs, selection objectives, lean growth modeling, pork quality, repartitioning agents, and methods to predict carcass composition and value.