Animal Agriculture is Soybeans Largest Customer

Hogs are fed soybean meal

Keeping Wisconsin’s animal agriculture vibrant means a strong market for the state’s soybean growers. Together, Wisconsin dairy, beef, hogs, lamb, poultry and fish are the #1 customer for the state’s soybeans. The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board supports programs that enhance the state’s animal agriculture.

A soybean consists mostly of protein-rich meal, and 98 percent of that meal is used to feed animals that produce food such as dairy, beef, poultry, pork, and fish. Growing demand for Wisconsin’s dairy, meat, poultry and fish consumption adds value to soybeans since soy meal makes up a significant portion of animal feeds.

Wisconsin's 2013 Animal Agriculture Statistics includes:

  • 1.3 million dairy cows
  • 2.4 million beef cattle
  • 84,000 lambs marketed annually
  • 320,000 hogs marketed annually
  • 51.7 million broilers
  • 5 million chicken layers with 1.4 billion eggs
  • 625,000 trout sold/ $2.1 million sales
  • 4.9 million trout for restoration, conservation or recreation purpose

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