February 2015 Lab News

Personnel changes

A new postdoc joined our lab this month. Chengfei Huang earned her Master's and Ph. D. in Animal Nutrition and Feed Science from China Agricultural University in Beijing. She then went to work for the Ministry of Agriculture Feed Industry Centre, where she primarily worked in pig feed ingredient evaluation and setting up a pig feed ingredient database. Welcome, Dr. Huang!

We said farewell to Hector Salgado, who has been a visiting scholar here since 2013. He has gone on to pursue a Master's degree at Université Laval in Quebec. We will miss him, and wish him the best in his future studies.

Lab activities

Maryane started experiments to determine amino acid digestibility, DE and ME, and P digestibility in an enzyme-treated soy protein product.

Neil finished animal work for an experiment to test the effects on nutrient digestibility of using direct fed microbials in high fiber and low fiber diets.


Rojas, O. J. 2014. Effects of extrusion and pelleting on energy and nutrient digestibility in diets fed to pigs. Page 159 in XXX Curso de Especializacion FEDNA, Madrid, November 5-6, 2014. (Abstr.)

Maison, T., Y. Liu, and H. H. Stein. 2015. Digestibility of energy and detergent fiber and digestible and metabolizable energy values in canola meal, 00-rapeseed meal, and 00-rapeseed expellers fed to growing pigs. J. Anim. Sci. 93:652-660.

Travel and visitors

On February 6, Dr. Yael Noy of Miloubar Feedmill in Ashrat, Israel and Dr. Roselina Angel from the University of Maryland visited. They met with the lab to discuss calcium and phosphorus digestibility.

On February 3-4, Dr. Stein, Oscar, Yanhong, and Maryane attended the Illinois Pork Expo in Peoria. They presented four posters (below).

IL Pork Expo posters