Nutrition guide

The National Pig Nutrition Guide: mission accomplished

In 2010, a new form of publication was added to an already impressive list of reference documents. The National Swine Nutrition Guide is a great example of “mission accomplished”!

In 2010, a new form of publication was added to an already impressive list of reference documents. With a publication title like ‘National Swine Nutrition Guide’ it is evident that it aims high at combining all of this practical information (below National Research Council publication level) into one comprehensive guide.

Another nutritional guide
When it was first announced in late 2009, many expected another nutrition guide modeled after those published by the few remaining extension services. But, we would be happy to be disappointed!

The National Swine Nutrition Guide, or NSNG, is a huge job. With over 350 pages of content and over 40 contributing authors and reviewers, it is indeed a national book encompassing a broad knowledge base providing in-depth information. and practical guidelines for all interested parties.

From researchers to nutritionists to producers, there is one part of the NSNG that everyone is interested in.

herculean effort
The guide is divided into 32 chapters, or fact sheets, each chapter having several pages. Each chapter is written by leading experts on the subject and it is also reviewed by equally well-versed professionals, often from the industry offering broader coverage.

All major universities active in pig nutrition research are represented and the authors range from newly hired professionals with advanced knowledge to established names giving more depth and authority.

web presence
Unlike most previous publications, this guide is also available on the Internet. Each chapter can be easily downloaded in PDF format. It is available on the website of the American Center of Excellence for Pork.

And, the best part of it, it’s free for all, courtesy of the American Center of Excellence for Pork. This organization was established in 2005 to bring about a higher level of cooperation and collaboration between universities, the pork production industry and the government.

The NSNG is a prime example of “mission accomplished”!

Formulation software
Quite unique in its approach, the NSNG also includes software to formulate simple diets for all classes of pigs. The NSNG Diet Formulation and Assessment CD performs two distinct functions. First, it makes it possible to formulate diets for pigs at a lower cost.

Second, it helps assess the nutritional adequacy of existing diets. These functions can be applied to the diets of sows, breeding boars, nursery piglets, growing / finishing pigs and replacement gilts and boars. A separate review of this software will appear on

Examples of information sheets
With such a broad scope, it would be impractical to cover every chapter of the guide here. A more detailed review can be found in the magazine Pig Progression, Flight. 26.04. The chapters on “trace elements and vitamins for feeding pigs”, “nutritional recommendations for nursery pigs and feed management”, “examples of diets for pigs” and “feeding systems”. ‘feed for pigs’ are discussed.

Information source
Like every post, there are positive and negative aspects to the NSNG. Any nutritionist, especially one trying to review this enormous work, can easily fall into the trap of looking for the negative parts, but that would be like trying to see the tree and miss the forest.

What is important is that the NSNG is a great source of information and anyone who reads or consults it will not be left behind. At the end, it should be borne in mind that this is a ‘guide’ and as such can never provide the definitive answer (and it is clear that the NSNG does not not try to do it) to every problem we face. daily in the field. But, taken as a “guide”, the NSNG does an exemplary job.

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