Amino acids and protein in nursery diets
Nursery pigs have a rapid growth rate and a high capacity for lean deposition relative to feed intake. Therefore, dietary amino acids and crude protein are essential to optimize growth performance in the nursery. At the same time, the levels of dietary crude protein impose a burden to the gut of weanling pigs and have a significant influence on cost of nursery diets. The use of feed-grade amino acids is key to meeting the amino acid requirements of nursery pigs, with accompanying reduction in dietary crude protein and savings in diet cost.