Effects of Increasing Total Sulfur Amino Acid:Lysine Ratio on Growth Performance of 25 to 50 LB Pigs
Kansas State University Swine Research. Three hundred and fifty pigs were used in a 27-d growth study to determine the appropriate total sulfur amino acid:lysine ratio for 25 to 50 lb pigs. Pigs were blocked by weight (initially 22.5 lb) and allotted to one of 10 treatments arranged in a 2 5 factorial with two levels of total dietary lysine (.95 and 1.25%) and five total sulfur amino acid ratios (.45, .50, .55, .60, and .65% of total lysine). Increasing total lysine from .95 to 1.25% increased ADG and improved F/G. Increasing the total sulfur amino acid:lysine ratio did not affect ADG but improved F/G. These results indicate that the optimal total sulfur amino acid:lysine ratio for the 25 to 50 lb pig is not greater than 55%.