Nutrition Notes

Synthetic Amino Acids vs. Soybean Meal in Grow-Finish Pigs

INTRODUCTION:
Through Kent research in 2014, we determined that a level of “12 lb/ton” of synthetic amino acids [lysine (Lys), threonine (Thr), methionine (Met), tryptophan (Trp)] performed similar to our standard “8 lb/ton” of synthetic amino acids (lysine, threonine, methionine). When Met is added to the diet, it is also converted in the pig into another sulfur amino acid called Cystine (Cys). So in our diet tables you will see the term Met + Cys which refers to these two sulfur amino acids that are needed in pig diets. We also evaluated higher levels of synthetic amino acids (with lower soybean meal levels) and these did not do as well as the 12 lb/ton level. The terminology that we are using to express amino acid requirements is based on the digestible levels of these amino acids (called standardized ileal digestible or SID) which reflects the amount of each amino acid absorbed and utilized for efficient synthesis of muscle. Amino acid requirements are based on the ratio of essential (those amino acids that must be supplied in the diet such as threonine, methionine and tryptophan) amino acids to lysine since lysine is the first limiting amino acid in swine diets. Since the Kent SID lysine levels (and KNG amino acid ratios) were established in trials in 2009 to 2011, we have decided to see if a higher level of amino acids (by raising SID lysine by 0.05 units and using the KNG amino acid ratios) would provide a growth and economic response in current genetics (DNA Boar x Choice Sow). In one treatment (AA), we locked in soybean meal levels at those used in the “12 lb/ton” diets (Standard) from 2014 and allowed only synthetic amino acids to increase. In a third set of treatments (SBM), we “locked in the synthetic lysine” levels from the “12 lb/ton” diets and allowed soybean meal to increase to get the 0.05 unit increase in lysine with minor adjustments made with synthetic threonine, methionine and tryptophan. This treatment provided information as to whether other essential amino acids [Valine (Val), Isoleucine (Ile)] and/or nitrogen were needed to make non-essential amino acids (those amino acids a pig can biologically make provided enough nitrogen is in the diet since it is a key component of amino acids).

PROCEDURES:
From the introduction above, we evaluated three treatments in this trial: 1. Standard (“12 lb/ton of synthetic amino acids involving synthetic lysine, threonine, methionine and tryptophan), 2. Standard with SID lysine increased by 0.05 units via synthetic lysine (AA) and 3. Standard with SID lysine increased by 0.05 units via an additional 40 lb/ton of soybean meal (SBM) compared to the Standard and AA diets. We utilized 1,310 pigs involving 54 to 58 replications per treatment. The pigs were fed a five-phase program utilizing NexGen VTM 6/5 PT and 200 lb/ton of Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles as shown in Tables 1-3. The results of the trial are shown in Table 4 below. Increasing the synthetic amino acids (AA), and increasing the soybean meal (SBM) resulted in marked improvements in feed efficiency when compared to the standard diets. We did observe that pigs on the diets with AA did consume significantly less feed than those on the standard diets. There was also a significant improvement in percent lean from the added SBM along with numerically higher grade premiums that would also lead to an increase in value from the added SBM diets compared to the standard diets. At a market price of $55/ cwt live, increased AA decreased net return by $0.66/hog marketed, while in contrast, increased SBM increased net return by $0.65/hog marketed compared to pigs on the standard diets.

 

Table 1. Grower Diets During Days 0-42
Days 0-21Days 21-42
Standard+ AA+ SBMStandard+ AA+ SBM

Corn (7.0% CP)

1397.421394.761358.021468.481465.801429.16

SBM (46.85% CP)

352352392282282322

DDGS (27% CP)

2002002002002002oo

Calcium Carbonate

22.622.622.622.322.322.3

Monocalcium Phosphate 21%

2.82.82.02.42.41.5

Salt

777777
6/5 VTM PT666666

L-Lysine HCl

8.009.288.007.949.227.93

L-Threonine

2.272.912.342.112.762.19

DL-Methionine

1.151.701.311.001.561.18

L-Tryptophan

0.460.650.430.470.660.44

Skycis

0.30.30.30.30.30.3

Total, lb

200020002000200020002000

$/Ton1

1.68.44171.84171.84161.94165.35165.35

ME, Kcal/lb

152115191521152215201522

NE, Kcal/lb

102910271026103510341032

Crude Protein, %

16.416.517.215.015.115.8

Lys, %

1.081.131.140.981.031.04

SID Lys, %

.97.1021.020.880.930.93

SID Trp/SID Lys Ratio

181818181818

SID Thr/SID Lys Ratio

636363636363

SID Met+Cys/ SID Lys Ratio

545454555555

SID Val/SID Lys Ratio

 67 6468676368

SID Ile/SID Lys Ratio

595660585559

1 Corn, $3.35/bu or $119.64/ton; SBM, $290/ton; DDGS, $119.64/ton

 

Table 2. Finisher Diets During Days 42-94
Days 0-21Days 21-42
Standard+ AA+ SBMStandard+ AA+ SBM

Corn (7.0% CP)

1532.081529.381492.561582.351579.641543.01

SBM (46.85% CP)

221221261172172212

DDGS (27% CP)

2002002002002002oo

Calcium Carbonate

20.520.520.620.820.820.8

Monocalcium Phosphate 21%

1.82.81.01.01.00.1

Salt

777777
6/5 VTM PT555555

L-Lysine HCl

8.189.468.167.969.247.95

L-Threonine

2.272.922.352.042.702.13

DL-Methionine

1.391.981.591.031.621.23

L-Tryptophan

0.480.660.440.520.700.48

Skycis

0.30.30.30.30.30.3

Total, lb

200020002000200020002000

$/Ton1

156.93160.39160.40151.59155.05155.06

ME, Kcal/lb

152315211523152415221524

NE, Kcal/lb

104210411039104710461044

Crude Protein, %

13.813.914.612.812.913.6

Lys, %

0.910.960.960.830.880.88

SID Lys, %

.81.860.860.740.790.79

SID Trp/SID Lys Ratio

171717171717

SID Thr/SID Lys Ratio

646464646464

SID Met+Cys/ SID Lys Ratio

585858585858

SID Val/SID Lys Ratio

 66 6366676367

SID Ile/SID Lys Ratio

575357575357

DISCUSSION:
Increasing SID lysine by 0.05% over the Standard program resulted in a loss in net return of $0.66/hog marketed by keeping soybean levels the same as the Standard treatment and increasing the four synthetic amino acids. In contrast, the SBM treatment (which increased SID lysine by 0.05%) resulted in a response in net return of $0.65/hog marketed. So why the difference between the AA vs. SBM treatment? It could be that perhaps other essential amino acids were limiting such as isoleucine and valine since the added SBM treatment increased all the essential amino acids. Another reason could be that nitrogen was limiting in the diets which is critical in the synthesis of non-essential amino acids. The SBM diets had on average about 0.7 units more crude protein from the added 40 lb/ton increase in soybean meal. As amino acid technologies continue to emerge, it is conceivable that with competitive enough pricing that using isoleucine and/or valine could be evaluated at some point.

SUMMARY:
Using the diets with both high levels of synthetic amino acids and the higher soybean meal levels resulted in a substantial improvement in net return per hog marketed ($0.65 at a live price of $55/cwt) and will become the new standard in feeding these genetically lean and fast-growing lines of pigs.

 

Table 3. Finisher Diets During Days 94-117
Standard+ AA+ SBM

Corn (7.0% CP)

1474.05

1471.29

1434.56

SBM (46.85% CP)

279279319

DDGS (27% CP)

200200200

Calcium Carbonate

18.118.118.2
Monocalcium Phosphate 21%1.51.50.6
Salt777
6/5 VTM PT555

L-Lysine HCl

8.099.378.07

L-Threonine

2.713.392.82

DL-Methionine

2.192.822.43

L-Tryptophan

0.360.530.32

Paylean 2.25 g/lb

222

Total, Lb

200020002000

$/Ton

179.55183.08183.08

ME, Kcal/lb

152415211524

NE, Kcal/lb

103810361035

Crude Protein, %

15.015.115.8

Lys, %

0.981.031.04

SID Lys, %

0.880.930.93

SID Trp/SID Lys Ratio

171717

SID Thr/SID Lys Ratio

666666

SID Met+Cys/SID Lys Ratio

616161

SID Val/SID Lys Ratio

676367

SID Ile/SID Lys Ratio

585558

 

 

Table 4. Effect of Synthetic Amino Acids (AA) vs. Soybean Meal (SBM) on Overall Performance, Economics & Carcass Traits in Grow-Finish Pigs
TreatmentsStandard+ AA + SBM

Number of Pigs

420438452
Number of Pens545658
Initial Wt, lb39.0038.8538.94
Days 0-117
ADG, lb2.0602.0462.076
ADFa, lb5.6225.4855.546
F/Gab2.7272.6772.669

Cost/Lb Gain, ¢

22.1722.2422.17
Net Return, $/Pig
@ $55/cwt live price79.0378.3779.68

@ $60/cwt live price

91.0890.3491.82

@ $65/cwt live price

103.13102.31103.96

@ $70/cwt live price

115.18114.28116.10
Carcass
Percent Leanb56.9157.0257.14
Dressing Percent75.4075.2675.36

Grade Premium, $/Cwt

7.057.017.20

aStandard vs. + AA (P < .05); bStandard vs. + SBM (P < .05)

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