Nutrition Notes Supplemental Nutrivantage® In Grow-Finish Pigs Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Developing products that can help pork producers raise healthier pigs to feed a growing population is an ongoing effort at the Kent Nutrition Group Product Development Center. NutriVantage® Nutrition Optimizer® for swine is a research-driven feed supplement designed to help animals achieve optimum nutrition from their diet. Our exclusive NutriVantage formula is made with nutritional components that consist of a blend of organic macromolecules, trace minerals, antioxidants, and chelating agents. In the following trial, we evaluated NutriVantage at three levels (1.5, 3, and 4.5 lb/ton of complete feed at an added cost of $1.30, $2.60 and $3.15/ton, respectively by substituting NutriVantage for corn) in growing-finishing pigs. We utilized 1,896 pigs involving 24 replications per group. We used a five-phase program with 400 lb/ton of Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles in each diet. The overall performance data are shown below: Effect Of Nutrivantage On Overall Performance, Carcass Traits, Economics in Grow-Finish Pigs Groups 1 2 3 4 NutriVantage, lb/ton - 1.5 3 4.5 Number of Pigs 474 474 474 474 Number of Pens 2.726 2.671 24 24 Final Weight*, lb 249.4 248.9 253.7 250.5 Days 0-112 ADGc , lb 1.823 1.819 1.862 1.833 ADFc , lb 4.761 4.724 4.830 4.738 F/Ga 2.610 2.597 2.592 2.583 Cost/lb Gainb , ¢ 21.00 21.04 21.12 21.19 Net Return, $/Pig @$50/cwt live price 59.19 58.92 60.07 58.90 @$55/cwt live pricec 69.40 69.10 70.50 69.16 @$60/cwt live pricec 79.61 79.29 80.93 79.42 @$65/cwt live pricec 89.82 89.47 91.35 89.68 @$70/cwt live pricec 100.03 99.65 101.78 99.94 @$75/cwt live pricec 110.24 109.84 112.21 110.20 Carcass Percent Leanb 57.18 57.24 57.29 57.33 Dressing Percent 75.43 75.33 74.85 75.23 Grade Premium, $/cwt 5.47 5.34 5.64 5.48 aNV linear (P < .05); bNV Linear (P ≤ .09); cNV Cubic (P ≤ .10) *Initial Weight/Group = 45.2 lb DISCUSSION We observed a response in gain and feed intake when pigs were fed diets with supplemental NutriVantage at 3 lb/ton of complete feed. In fact, the hogs were 4.3 lb heavier at market weight when the diets contained supplemental NutriVantage at 3 lb/ton compared to those without. While the optimum level for growth and feed intake was 3 lb/ton, we did see that as the level of NutriVantage was increased, the improvement in feed efficiency continued, which helped to keep the cost/lb of gain just slightly higher than the pigs on Group 1 without the NutriVantage. The improvements in gain with NutriVantage fed at 3 lb/ton resulted in very favorable advantages an as the level of NutriVantage was increased. SUMMARY Supplemental NutriVantage for swine (Product # 8101) at 3 lb/ton of complete feed resulted in faster growth rates along with improvements of $1.10/hog marketed (using a live price of $55/cwt). NN 03-04-19-SUPPLEMENTAL-NUTRIVANTAGE-IN-GROW-FINISH-PIGS.pdf">Download PDF Related Nutrition Notes Low Soybean Meal Ration Recommendations For NexGen® Starter Program 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…. Read More Supplemental Amino Acids In NexGen® Starters By James Smith, Ph.D., Senior Technical Swine Nutritionist, and Michael Edmonds, Ph.D., Vice President, Swine and Poultry Nutrition Conducting amino acid studies to fine-tune our pig starters are one of… Read More Fortification Of NexGen® Starters With Kent Natural Yeast By James Smith, Ph.D., Senior Technical Swine Nutritionist, and Michael Edmonds, Ph.D., Vice President, Swine and Poultry Nutrition Developing nursery feeding programs to enhance the growth, efficiency and health of… Read More Want to learn more from KNG research? Give us your email address to be notified when we publish new Nutrition Notes articles.