The National Academies of Science recently released the 11th Revised Edition of The Nutrient Requirements of Swine, also known as the Swine NRC.
Hans Stein, professor of animal sciences at the University of Illinois, along with nine other swine nutritionists from universities and the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, served on the committee that worked for 18 months to produce the new edition. The volume has been expanded to include 400 pages, 17 chapters, and detailed information on 122 feed ingredients.
"It's a great step forward with lots of new and updated information that will help elevate the industry, and the new publication provides the basis for formulating more accurate diets for pigs," Stein says. "I encourage everyone who is interested in swine nutrition to read the new Swine NRC. I am confident that readers will find the information interesting and helpful."
Another committee member, Gretchen Hill of Michigan State University, adds, "More comprehensive nutrient requirement models and the expanded feed composition tables are functional parts of the new addition. The volume separates carbohydrates and lipids into two chapters, making it easier for users to access important information relative to lipids in swine nutrition. Also, there is a new and very relevant chapter about co-products from the corn and soybean industries."