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Kansas State updates swine nutrition guide

Publication helps improve swine producers’ profitability.

Kansas State University swine specialists have updated their nutrition guide with the latest recommendations for nursery pigs, sows and finishing pigs.

Bob Goodband, Kansas State Research & Extension specialist in swine nutrition and management, said the information covers swine producers' most frequently asked questions about nutrition and the specifics to each phase of production.

“It covers a lot of recommendations that can be quickly applied to a producer’s nutrition program,” Goodband said. “It should be able to help people with decision-making on products and nutrient specifications to help improve pig performance and lower feed costs.”

Graduate students Mariana Menegat and Hayden Williams helped lead the recent updates, along with Kansas State faculty in applied swine nutrition.

The "Kansas State Swine Nutrition" guide was initially produced in the 1970s and is updated periodically, Goodband said. In 2019, Kansas State’s swine team added sections on general nutrition and nursery pigs and, earlier this year, finished sections on the breeding herd and finishing pigs. All of the recommendations are based on university research.

The guide is available online at KSUswine.org.

“In addition to the nutrition guide, that site has a lot of other information, such as premix specifications, nutrient requirements and tools for estimating the changes in growth and profitability,” Goodband said.

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