Research Project: Redefining amino acid requirements in pregnancy for precision sow feeding

Dr. Levesque’s innovative research is aimed at increasing protein production from pigs, while reducing inputs and environmental impacts.  Focusing on dietary requirements during sow pregnancy, Dr. Levesque’s research will provide a basis for precision feeding formulations for sows to optimize reproductive performance. This research will not only reduce the environmental impacts of pig production, but could also lead to substantial savings in feed cost to the industry as a whole.


About Dr. Crystal Levesque

Assistant Professor, South Dakota State University

Crystal Levesque was born and raised on a broiler and mixed grain farm in central Saskatchewan, Canada. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Alberta in amino acid metabolism during pregnancy followed by post-doctoral training at Prairie Swine Center (pig as a model) and University of Guelph (energy and amino acid metabolism) prior to accepting the position of Assistant Professor of monogastric nutrition at South Dakota State University. Her main research interests are protein and amino acid metabolism during pregnancy and maternal nutritional influence on offspring growth and development. She is actively involved in collaborative research on the impacts of feed ingredients and dietary additives on pig growth, immune function, and gut health post-weaning and the use of the pig as a model for human health. The best part of her job is working with young scholars and her current program consists of 5 graduate and 2 undergraduate trainees. Crystal is an active member of the American Society of Animal Science and the American Society of Nutrition serving on various organizing committees. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, landscaping and playing with their grandchildren. She lives with her husband in Brookings, SD.