KSU swine team develops lysine calculator for finishing pigs Genesus

The Kansas State University Animal Science and Industry Swine Nutrition Team has added a new tool to its suite of calculators on the KSUSwine website. The team recently developed and released a KSU lysine calculator for Genesus finishing pigs.

“Genesus conducted a series of experiments to assess the needs of its pigs,” says Mike Tokach, K-State ASI Distinguished Professor and Swine Extension Specialist. “They contacted K-State to independently evaluate their research so we could estimate their pigs’ lysine requirements.”

Hilario Cordoba, KSU ASI Masters student in swine nutrition, created a database to review the data provided, assessed the responses in each feeding phase and reformulated the diets using the NRC ingredient values ​​in each feeding phase with l help from Jamil Faccin, a KSU ASI post-doc in swine nutrition.

“After reviewing the data, we constructed a lysine response curve and model that nutritionists can use when formulating diets for Genesus pigs,” says Cordoba. “The results support Genesus recommendations and provide an equation that swine nutritionists can use to estimate Genesus genetic requirements at any body weight in the finishing period.”

The “Calculator and tools” is one of the most visited and richest pages within the KSUSwine website.

“We are very pleased with our collaboration with K-State ASI’s swine nutrition team,” said Bob Kemp, vice president of genetic programs and research and development at Genesus. “Their expertise and experience have directly supported Genesus’ efforts to provide industry nutritionists and growers with the detailed information and tools they need.”

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Eleanor C. William