Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council Director Patrick O’Leary and Minnesota Soybean Director of Market Development Sam Ziegler are in Malaysia and Singapore until Friday, March 20, to promote the value of Minnesota Soybeans and critical amino acids values (CAAV). Their mission is funded by the MSR&PC, along with other soybean councils. Here is O’Leary’s account from Southeast Asia.
We have had meetings, presentations and dialogues with 19 people so far. We’ve had a nice mix of people. Their qualifications range greatly, from the president of one of the feedmillers, to feed formulators to buyers. Several people we have met with have shown strong interest in CAAV.
Due to disease pressure, poultry has really made strides in integration, from companies owning the hatchery, to the processing with feed mills, to commodity buyers.
We have met in many different cities, which unfortunately means a lot of road time. In Malaysia, we started in the city of Kuala Lumpur, then went to Malaka and are currently in Lumut. The roads are windy and rough with palm trees utilizing the majority of the hills and valleys; occasionally we will see rubber trees or coconut trees or multiple types of fruit.
We have been sweating as they are currently in their hot season. We’ve appreciated stops where we’ve been afforded the luxury of air conditioning. We learned that one of the feedmillers even air conditions his silo to keep the moisture in check.
We still have a meeting with a large pork producer. We hope to encourage him to import his soybean meal in containers. This way he can maintain the highest quality possible.
This has been a long, yet fruitful trip for both of us. The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council invests checkoff money into these markets to help promote Minnesota soybeans and to grow markets like Malaysia and Singapore. This particular mission, however, is a joint mission with the North Dakota Soybean Council and the South Dakota Soybean Council. As ambassadors of the MSR&PC, Minnesota soybean farmers, and as farmers ourselves, we take our CAAV mission here very seriously.
We’re humbled to represent everyone back home, and we can’t wait to share what we’ve learned with all of you.