Nutrition Notes Low Soybean Meal Ration Recommendations For NexGen® Starter Program Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Soybean meal is a valuable protein source in pig diets. It has an ideal blend of amino acids, which comes very close to meeting the nutritional requirements of growing pigs. Unfortunately, there can be physiological challenges when using high levels of soybean meal in pig diets, particularly with young pigs. While the manufacturing process to make soybean meal (specifically the heat) eliminates the main anti-nutritional factor of soybeans, trypsin inhibitor, several others survive processing intact. Young pigs tend to be hypersensitive to these anti-nutritional factors. When those compounds hit the hind-gut, the body has an immediate, and forceful, reaction; leading to loose stools and decreased pig performance. Due to differences in genetic lines, some herds may experience more problems with soybean meal in young pig diets than others. In order to help those with highly sensitive herds, we have developed new ration recommendations with lower soybean meal inclusions. These rations still contain the high quality, specialty ingredients, and technologies that you expect from Kent Feeds, while maintaining a high plain of nutrition, ensuring optimal pig health and performance. Pig Weight, lbs Ingredient, lb/ton 12-17 17-25 25-40 #1 25-40 #2 Corn (7%) 635 991 1138 1188 Soybean Meal (46.9%) 425 560 550 570 Steam Rolled Oats 200 200 100 100 Animal Fat or Corn Oil 40 40 40 40 NexGen HP 12-17 Mixer 700 – – – NexGen 17-40 Mixer – 200 160 – NexGen 25-40 Mixer – – – 50 NexGen Premix – – – 40 NexGen AA Pack – 9 12 12 For additional information, specific recommendations for your herd or questions, please contact your Kent Nutrition Group swine representative. Download PDF Related Nutrition Notes Use Of DL-Methionine In Holding Late-Finishing Pigs In the event of any market suspension that requires slowing the growth of finishing pigs, pork producers need dependable and economical diets that can reduce growth while maintaining carcass quality…. Read More Supplemental Amino Acids In NexGen® Starters By James Smith, Ph.D., Senior Technical Swine Nutritionist, and Michael Edmonds, Ph.D., Vice President, Swine and Poultry Nutrition Conducting amino acid studies to fine-tune our pig starters are one of… Read More Fortification Of NexGen® Starters With Kent Natural Yeast By James Smith, Ph.D., Senior Technical Swine Nutritionist, and Michael Edmonds, Ph.D., Vice President, Swine and Poultry Nutrition Developing nursery feeding programs to enhance the growth, efficiency and health of… Read More Want to learn more from KNG research? Give us your email address to be notified when we publish new Nutrition Notes articles.