Increasing Demands Push Pakistani Feed Makers to Improve Productivity

June 12, 2009

Increasing Demands Push Pakistani Feed Makers to Improve Productivity

Fargo, ND, USA – “The demand for dairy and meat products in Pakistan is definitely going to rise in coming years. It is also clear that we will meet increased demand only through improved productivity, as we are approaching the maximum number of animals that we can accommodate with our land and range resources,” says R. Shahnawaz Janjua, technical director for the U.S. Soybean Export Council, Pakistan.

Janjua brought a group of top poultry and dairy feed producers from Pakistan to Fargo to attend the Dairy Feed Manufacturing Technology Short Course at Northern Crops Institute (NCI) June 8-12.  “This team is here to learn more about the manufacturing of pelleted dairy feed using U.S. hi-pro soybean meal (SBM) and the quality of dehulled SBM, and to participate in field trips to learn about the dairy technology and practices,” says Janjua.

“Productivity per unit animal in Pakistan is low, due mainly to poor and inadequate nutrition and other challenges.  Pakistan is the fifth most populous country with more than 171 million people.  Milk is the most important livestock product in the country and its value exceeds the combined value of wheat, rice, maize and sugarcane,” he concludes.

The U.S. Soybean Export Council and the ASA-IM are sponsors of the group.  The North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC) hosted the team at a dinner where NDSC board members learned more about the market potential in Pakistan and India.

The team toured the South Dakota State University Dairy Unit and Processing Center, where they learned more about dairy feed production from Arnold Hippen, Ph.D.; Ken Kalscheur, Ph.D.; Vikram Mistry, Ph.D., David Schingoether, Ph.D.; and Alavaro Garcia, Ph.D.  Tours of several dairy farms and processing centers included the South Dakota Soy Processors, Volga, S.D., hosted by general manager Rodney Christianson; Qual Dairy, Lisbon, N.D.; and Five Star Dairy, Milnor, N.D.

Kim Koch, Ph.D., manager of NCI's Feed Production Center, is the course coordinator and a lecturer in the course.  Additional speakers in the course include Greg Lardy, Ph.D., and J.W. Schroeder, Ph.D., NDSU Animal Science Department, and Todd Molden, Dairy Unit Manager, NDSU Animal Science Department.  Dr. Ramesh Thaper, consultant for the American Soybean Association/USSEC/India, is also escorting the team. 

Topics covered in the course included nutrient requirements of dairy cattle; feed types and feeding systems; feed manufacturing technology; role of soybean meal in dairy nutrition; combinatorial ingredient selection; managing feed costs; and pellet manufacture.