Lupins

Lupins produce the best quality protein of virtually any crop. In fact, lupin protein is even superior to that of soya protein, and is dramatically superior to the protein which comes from, peas, beans, clovers, or other straights such as rapemeal.

It is the cost of protein which causes feedstuffs to be the biggest single cost on UK livestock / dairy units. If this protein can be produced on-farm, then the feed costs can be dramatically reduced.

Lupins offer the other advantage that they can be harvested in different forms - either dry combined, or wholecropped using existing silage-making equipment. This makes lupins and lupin mixtures the gateway to reduced protein costs and increased viability.

Why Soya UK?

There are several good reasons why farmers grow lupins with Soya UK:

  • We deal in all 3 species of Lupin (white, blue and yellow)
    This is of great importance as it allows us to give impartial advice as to the correct lupin for your particular system.
  • Choice of Varieties
    There are different varieties for combining and other varieties for wholecrop. Within this, the variety choice will vary depending on what part of the country you are in, your soil type, and pH levels. Soya UK are able to offer a full range of White, Yellow, and Blue varieties. Having a range of varieties is important, as it allows us to match the variety to the job in hand, and the desired end-use.
  • Marketing
    Most of our arable producers in the South and East, are growing White Lupins on buy-back contracts for export to France and the Middle East. We also have growers producing white, yellow and blue lupins for supplying to the UK feed market. Due the ever-increasing cost of soya and proteins, values are currently strong. In addition, we trade a large amount of Lupins on a farm to farm basis, which gives the arable farmer a good price and the livestock farmer an excellent source of UK-grown, non-GM, high-quality protein at a reasonable price. You can email us if you are interested in either selling or buying Lupins.
  • Agronomy Service & Advice
    At Soya UK we pride ourselves in the service we offer growers, from variety selection right through to harvest. We provide all growers with a full programme of agronomic advice through crop visits, regular agronomy bulletins by post, and SMS texts to mobile phones. Growers can also telephone our office at any time for up to the minute advice. Getting the agronomy right is important with all crops and Lupins are no exception.