Influence of Dietary Tryptophan Levels on the Growth Performance of the Segregated Early-Weaned Pigs (10 to 20 LB)

Kansas State University Swine Research. A total of 360 pigs (averaging 13 d of age and 9.4 lb) was used to determine the effects of increasing dietary tryptophan:lysine ratio on the growth performance of segregated early-weaned (SEW) pigs. Two apparent digestible lysine levels (1.15 and 1.50%) and six apparent digestible tryptophan:lysine ratios (12.5, 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5 and 25%) were fed from d 0 to 16 after weaning. Lysine tryptophan interactions were observed for ADG and F/G. Increasing the tryptophan:lysine ratio in the low lysine diets improved ADG and F/G in a quadratic man- ner. Increasing the tryptophan level had no effect in the high lysine diets. Results of this trial indicate that optimal apparent digestible tryptophan:lysine ratio is approximately 15%.