Following Soybeans Through China
South Dakota ‘See For Yourself’ Group Visits World’s Largest Feed Mill
On their second day as guests of Mr. Yang Xiang, the group toured the world’s largest production feed mill.
The Yang Xiang Company is not only a leader in swine reproduction, but also feed production. Sow nutrition and herd health is a major component to the success of Mr. Yang’s 40,000+ sow farm.
Half of the feed mill’s production is fed to Mr. Yang’s sows and boars, while the other 50% is sold to other hog, chicken and duck farms. The company produces 1.2 million metric tons of feed a year. To help put that in perspective, the Yang Xiang Company will produce the same amount of feed in one month, that would take some U.S. feed mills to produce in an entire year.
Nathan Davis, a soybean farmer from Ipswich, shared that touring the Yang Xiang Company helped him understand how important the soybean export process really is, and how it’s essential that soybean farmers meet their customers.
“I have had the opportunity to visit ports in Washington State and now travel to China. To experience the entire soybean journey from planting and harvesting on my farm to exports from a U.S. port, and now seeing a potential end-user at a feed mill and hog farm in China is incredibly exciting.”
The Yang Xiang Company purchases soybeans on the basis of protein, and their soybean meal is typically purchased at 43%, 45% and 46% protein levels. Grain is imported, processed into feed, bagged and hauled to Mr. Yang’s hog facilities. Currently feed is bagged in 154-pound bags, but eventually bulk purchases will be available. Products are identified by barcodes for easy tracking and monitoring.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Scoop on Soybean Blog as the group of the farmers wraps up their journey in China this week.