Oilseeds are being procured by agricultural producers and then crushed and processed into seed oils and vegetable proteins. The first category is absorbed by human nutrition, technical use and renewable fuels. On the contrary, the primary use of vegetable proteins is that of animal feed.
Soya Mills offers the following products in this category:
The above products are available in bulk as well as in 50 kg bags and are transported by trucks, trains and ships.
Proper processing of soybeans produces soybean meal. While this process improves the protein content of the bean, it also maintains its high nutritional value. SOYA MILLS was the first soybean meal production company in Greece. Soybean meal is rich in protein (ingredients that exceed 44% of its total composition) and amino acids, rendering it as the primary and indispensable source of feed for all farmed animals. It is also a rich source of calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus and magnesium. Furthermore, it has to be stressed that soybean meal is extremely rich in lysine , an essential fatty acid, critical in the development of the animals.
Soy is considered as one of the world’s oldest cultivated plants on earth, since the ancient times. It belongs to the legumes category and stems from Eastern Asia, with a history that began in 2300 BC. Soybean’s oil content is approximately 20% while its major by-product is soybean meal. Soy is mainly cultivated in regions experiencing warm summer months, with dominant producers being the U.S. and Brazil, jointly accounting for about two thirds of the world’s total produce. Argentina and China follow next in production capacity. Nowadays, the world’s annual production is approaching a good 300 million tonnes, thus rendering soy as the dominant oilseed, globally.
Sunflower meal is produced through the processing of sunseeds. Its amino acid content is different to that of soybean meal, which proves to be advantageous when these two products are combined. Sunflower meal is an additional source of protein of high nutritional value at low cost, which facilitates the digestibility of feed by volume increase. It is available in pellets, so as to be transported and stored easily.
The cultivation of sunflower requires sun and heat during the summer months in order for the seed to mature. The main cultivation region is Russia, followed by the European Union, Argentina, China and the United States. A key content of sunflower is its oil, which ranges between 30% and 45% of its total composition. Currently, the world’s annual sunseed output exceeds 40 million tonnes, and is therefore considered to be the third most important oil seed.
Rapeseed meal is derived from the processing of rapeseeds. It exhibits a high protein content and is accompanied by a good amino acid profile with high levels of methionine and cystine. Additionally, rapeseed meal’s composition is rich in a variety of metals. The biological digestibility of rapeseeds’ basic amino acids differs among various animal types.
Oilseed production is Northern Europe is dominated by rapeseeds. Outside of this territory, major rapeseed producing countries are China, India, Canada and Australia. Rapeseeds are planted either during autumn (winter varieties) or spring (summer varieties). Winter varieties face a longer vegetation period, higher yield and grow only in areas experiencing mild winters. Those are the ones that dominate in Europe, in contrast to Canada, where cultivation is carried out only during the summer months. In the northern hemisphere, the harvest season begins in late July (for winter varieties) and in late August - early September (for summer varieties). The rapeseed’s oil content falls within the 35%-45% range. Nowadays, the global annual rapeseed production amounts to approximately 70 million tonnes, which makes it the second most important oilseed.