Soybean meal is the most important protein source used to feed farm animals. It represents two-thirds of the total world output of protein feedstuffs, including all other major oil meals and fish meal. Soybean meal is the by-product of the extraction of soybean oil.
- High protein content (from 43 to 53%).
- Low crude fibre content (less than 3% for the dehulled soybean meals).
Soybean meal is mainly used in food and animal feeds, principally used as a protein supplement, but also as a source of metabolizable energy.