USSEC Vietnam will focus on the ingredients taurine and lecithin in the upcoming Asian Aquaculture Feed Formulation Database (AAFFD) workshop.
As a result of producing aquafeed with less fishmeal, taurine has risen in importance as an important ingredient that supplies protein. Taurine allows animals, especially marine fish that require high amounts of protein, to achieve a balanced diet.
Feed formulators and Vietnamese feed mills specializing in pangasius feed have not yet turned their focus to taurine. However, production of another freshwater species, snakehead, has recently provided motivation to use taurine and lecithin in diets. Snakehead require high levels of protein and fat in feed (45 percent crude protein, 10 percent crude fat).
The role of corn gluten meal (CGM) is also important to steady the unbalanced amino acid profile when using soy products as a main source to replace protein demand in marine fish.
USSEC’s goal is to give aquaculture feed formulators more confidence in using a cost-effective soy-optimized diet. The U.S. Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) will be a key method to promote U.S. Soy products during the workshop.