The Importance of Inclusion Levels

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It’s well known that using plasma in piglet nursery diets helps get pigs off to a good start. What you might not know is to obtain the maximum economic benefit of plasma, it is important to use the appropriate feeding duration and level of plasma in nursery pig diets based on the type and severity of stressors – such as weaning age, health status, environmental conditions and dietary antigens – and the phase of production.

Research demonstrates that “least cost diets” which are formulated to meet minimal nutritional requirements, with lower digestible ingredients, may not provide sufficient nutritional value to meet growth and performance needs. These diets may be less palatable and/or contain lower digestible sources of proteins.

On the other hand, “best cost diets” formulated to contain adequate, balanced levels of digestible nutrients and amino acids, along with appropriate levels of spray-dried plasma, help to overcome dietary limitations associated with “least cost diets”. Best cost diets get weaned pigs off to a great start and strong finish.

5% plasma fed for 14 days in nursery diets for optimal performance and payback.

In short, multiple titration studies demonstrate that spray-dried plasma must be fed at the recommended rate to obtain an economically optimal effect.  Using a low inclusion level may result in diminished results with only short-term benefits that are not maintained long-term.  When fed at the appropriate level, spray-dried plasma will more than pay for itself in performance.

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