For increased rate of weight gain and improved feed
efficiency in finishing swine

Paylean is a feed ingredient for increased rate of weight gain, improved feed efficiency and increased carcass leanness in finishing swine weighing not less than 150 pounds, fed a complete ration containing at least 16% crude protein for the last 45 to 90 pounds of gain prior to slaughter.

In the late finisher phase, pigs naturally gain less muscle and more fat.1 Paylean directs nutrients toward quality lean gain and away from fat deposition, resulting in an increase in high-value lean cuts of meat. Paylean-fed pigs produce more muscle and less fat because they convert nutrition in feed to lean gain more efficiently than control pigs.

Better feed efficiency, more lean gain—with no effect on meat quality

Paylean helps producers contain cost pressures from fluctuating hog prices and soaring feed prices. By improving feed efficiency with Paylean, producers can better contain their feed costs, the No. 1 cost in raising hogs. Research has shown Paylean:

  • Increases average daily gain2,3
  • Improves feed efficiency2,3
  • Increases carcass leanness4

Research also shows Paylean’s benefits are dose and duration dependent. Traditional strategies encouraged feeding Paylean at 4.5 g/ton for 28 days, but trial data supports increasing the dose to 6.75 g/ton and feeding for 35 days for improved performance.2

Depending on your finishing strategy, Paylean at 6.75 g/ton for 35 days can result in either better efficiency—17% over 35 days according to the latest study2—or increased weight and carcass benefits. For producers finishing long on space, the added days mean your first-cut hogs are getting the benefits of the improved feed efficiency. For those finishing short on space, the rest of the barn gets the carcass and weight-gain benefits.

Paylean does not affect meat quality, and it maintains the desirable pork qualities of flavor, tenderness and juiciness of fresh loin and ham, as confirmed by trained taste panelists in numerous studies.7,8 Meat from Paylean-fed pigs can be exported to leading U.S. markets, and Paylean is approved for use in 26 countries.

Important safety information

The label contains complete use information, including cautions and warnings. Always read, understand and follow the label and use directions.

Directions for use:

  • Feed at 4.5 to 9.0 g/ton to finishing swine in a complete ration containing at least 16% crude protein, for the last 45 to 90 lbs. of gain (group average)
  • Clinical registration studies showed no statistical difference between the effects of 4.5 and 9 g/ton
  • Zero-day withdrawal when fed according to label directions

CAUTION: Ractopamine may increase the number of injured or fatigued pigs during marketing. Not for use in breeding swine.

1. Schinckel, A. and Einstein, M. “Concepts of pig growth and composition.” Purdue University Pork Page. Accessed 3/28/06. www.ansc.purdue.edu/swine/porkpage.

2. Allee, G. 2007. “Post Approval Study—Evaluation of Paylean on Growth Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Late Finishing Market Pigs—Dose and Duration.” Elanco trial T4V290710. Data on file.

3. Ritter, M. and Carr, S. 2009. “Post-Approval Study: Effects of Paylean® Dose on Growth Performance Traits in Heavy-Weight Market Hogs—A Four-Trial Summary.” Elanco trial T4VUS090005. Data on file.

4. Patience, J., Shand, P., et al. 2009. “The effect of ractopamine supplementation at 5 ppm of swine finishing diets on growth performance, carcass composition and ultimate pork quality.” Can. J. Anim. Sci. 89: 53-66.

5. Moody, D. et al. 2000. “Phenethanolamine repartitioning agents.” Farm Animal Metabolism and Nutrition: 65-96.

6. Elanco Animal Health. 1999. Paylean FOI Summary, NADA 140-863.

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