SBM is high in protein and energy and is considered a premium product because of its high digestibility, high energy content and consistency. Due to its high quality protein, SBM is an excellent ingredient for swine, beef and dairy cattle, poultry, and aquaculture feed formulations. It is also becoming popular for use in pet foods and horse feed.
The poultry industry is the largest consumer of soybean meal, using 50% of U.S. production. Swine (26%), beef (12%), dairy (6%), and pet foods (3%) respectively use the remaining supply.