Liberate and Lock N’ Load Update
Written by Gary Asche, Ph.D., Form-A-Feed Swine Nutritionist
Form-A-Feed Inc. has been using enzymes beyond phytase for over 20 years. The first enzyme product was Pig Bloom, which was used in young pig diets to remove the indigestible sugars in soybean meal. The second version included five enzymes and released energy from the more complex carbohydrates and soluble and insoluble fiber fractions of feed ingredients to increase the energy density of nursery and finishing diets without adding high levels of fat. The next big improvement was a broader enzyme blend, containing seven enzymes to fine tune the extraction of energy and amino acids from the common feed ingredients.
The newest version includes an improved release of amino acids resulting in bigger ration cost savings. These changes are concurrent with modifying the name of Liberate to Liberate XL and renaming Lock N’ Load to Lock N’ Load XL. To show the difference between Liberate and Liberate XL, a set of example finishing rations are shown below.
The biggest difference in the rations using Liberate XL is 30 to 36 lbs/ton less soybean meal, which is mostly replaced with corn. Slightly more lysine is used in the first two rations and slightly less threonine is used in all but the first ration. The average net savings in ration cost is $3.28/ton with a range of $3.18 to $3.40/ton. The energy levels of each ration were very similar between Liberate and Liberate XL. The key point of these upgrades or enhancements to Liberate and Lock N’ Load is that the ration savings shown above require reformulating each ration. This new upgrade can give us more flexibility to use alternative ingredients and provide ration savings for our customers.