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The total nutritional package

Poultry and livestock feed use 97 percent of soybean meal in the U.S. Poultry and livestock feed use 97 percent of soybean meal in the U.S. In Missouri, poultry (layers, broilers and turkeys) are the largest consumers of soybean meal, followed by pigs, beef and dairy cattle.

Soybean meal for every meal

Feeding animals is a complex job. Soybean meal provides the protein, amino acids and energy that growing pigs, poultry, cattle and fish need.

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High-quality protein

Soybean meal is a high-quality protein providing essential amino acids for healthy animal production. The amino acids that protein contains are vital to animal growth, health, reproduction and other functions.

Amino acids

The digestible amino acids in soybean meal provide a more complete nutritional bundle than alternative protein sources such as fishmeal and synthetic amino acids.


The protein quality and composition of soybean meal makes it very digestible for livestock and fish. This means these animals use less energy to convert soybean meal into needed nutrients to help them grow.

Energy source

The higher energy contribution from soybean meal reduces the need for additional energy from other ingredients. Energy in soybean meal comes from digestible carbohydrates such as sucrose.

Soybean meal for many species

As a quality feed ingredient for animal agriculture, U.S. soybean meal is used in feed rations for several species.

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In Missouri, broilers (meat chickens), layers and turkeys are the largest consumers of soybean meal. Poultry farmers count on the high protein offered by soybean meal to keep their flocks growing and healthy.
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Missouri pigs are the second largest consumers of soybean meal in the state. The consistent, reliable quality of soybean meal provides protein and energy to aid growth and health.
beef cattle

Beef cattle

Beef cattle need quality protein in their diets, too, and soybeans can provide that. Beef producers can benefit from adding soybean meal or even whole soybeans to their animals’ diets.
dairy cattle

Dairy cattle

Soybeans are a good source of amino acids, which is key to dairy feed rations. Dairy cattle convert amino acids into essential nutrients such as protein to produce milk.
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Because of the high protein content, soybeans can replace animal proteins that are used in aquafeeds. Many aquaculture diets now contain 25% to 30% soy.

Explore other soybean uses:

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Food: Soybeans in human consumption

Versatile, low in cholesterol and high in protein and other nutrients, soy foods can be a part of a healthy diet. There are many ways to add soybeans to any meal or snack from soymilk to soy-based protein and everything in between.

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Fuel: Soybeans as a fuel source

Biodiesel can be made from soybean oil, making this biofuel a renewable fuel. Missouri is a national leader in biodiesel production. Biodiesel can be used in any diesel engine, and is environmentally friendly.



Fiber: Soybeans as a renewable ingredient in consumer goods

Soy is a sustainable, renewable ingredient used in many consumer goods including shoes, tires, sealants and much more.