Feed type Italian soybean seeds and meal High-protein foreign soybean seeds and meal Linseed cake
Brief description Soybean may be used in animal diets in controlled amounts and after appropriate treatments and transformations. In monogastric animals raw soybean seems in fact to hinder body development. It is a soybean with approximately 48% protein, compared with the standard 42/44%. It is an important protein supplement, appreciated by livestock also for its palatability.
Nutritional peculiarities Soybean, in the variety of formats in which it is available, has a high protein content and is rich in both fatty substances and carbohydrates. It increases protein intake, as well as providing fats and carbohydrates. It is rich in fatty acids (linoleic acid). In unbalanced rations linseed cakes can balance the calcium/phosphorus ratio. Of interest is its contribution of micronutrients (especially zinc and cobalt). It is highly digestible,over 80%.
Impact on animal health. It has a high nutritional value. Excessive amounts can induce toxicity and intestinal problems (diarrhoea). It has an anti-inflammatory, refreshing and slightly laxative effect: it helps to keep the animal in good health.
Impact on animal productivity Positive effect on productivity. Positive effect on productivity.
Impact on milk quality   The protein/starch ratio can affect the protein content of the milk.  
Supply and storage procedures It suffers in logistical environments characterised by the presence of humidity: in such conditions it tends to go rancid. Difficult to store; in unsuitable environments it is subject to rancidity.