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 Effect of NutriVantage® and/or Chromax in Grow-Finish Pigs Developing products and feed programs to help producers raise pork more efficiently to feed a growing population is an ongoing effort at the Kent Research Farm. NutriVantage® Nutrition Optimizer® for… Read More Supplemental Chromium Sources in Grown-Finish Pigs Developing products and feed programs, to help producers raise pork more efficiently, is an ongoing effort at the Kent Research Farm. Chromium is a trace mineral that helps with the… Read More Amino Acid Imbalance with Excess Methionine in Late-Finishing Pigs: Effects on Performance and Carcass Quality The outbreak of the Covid-19 Pandemic in the spring of 2020, resulted in the shutdown of numerous pork harvest facilities across the country. This resulted in many complications in the… Read More Want to learn more from KNG research? Give us your email address to be notified when we publish new Nutrition Notes articles.