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Chromium for Swine

What is KemTRACE® Chromium?

KemTRACE® Chromium – the first product of its kind on the market – is a water soluble, highly bioavailable, organic source of chromium that helps improve glucose utilization and reduce the negative impacts of stress for increased cellular energy and function. This results in improved growth and immunity in swine. KemTRACE Chromium has been fed to millions of animals around the globe since its introduction in 2000. It is registered in more than 35 countries worldwide and is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-reviewed form of chromium propionate. 

KemTRACE® Chromium-OR — an OMRI Listed®, organic-compliant form of chromium propionate — is also available in the U.S. for use in organic swine diets.

KemTRACE Chromium and KemTRACE Chromium-OR are manufactured in the U.S., sourced from U.S.-based raw materials and are available in two product concentrations:

  • 0.04% - for use in complete diets
  • 0.4% - for use in a premix prior to inclusion in complete diets
KemTRACE Chromium Sow Brochure

Essential to Your Swine Operation

Chromium mobilizes more blood glucose into tissue allowing for improved performance based on each individual animal’s hierarchy of needs. In sows, chromium supplementation can result in fewer non-productive sow days, greater feed intake during lactation, improved body conditioning, and increased high quality milk that results in larger weaned pigs.1,2 A larger weaned pig will become a higher performing animal for the rest of the life cycle.3 Improved performance extends beyond sows and nursery into grow-finish pigs. An increase in average daily gain and increase in feed intake decrease in feed conversion helps grow-finish pigs to reach their optimal genetic potential while keeping producers profitable.4,5,6


Stress has a tremendous impact on the performance of pigs. Many factors such as health, environment, social circumstances, management practices, herd density and nutrition contribute to the overall stress load that a pig faces daily. When a pig is experiencing stress conditions, cortisol is released, resulting in behavioral, metabolic, immunological and intestinal changes.7,8,9 Studies have shown that cortisol can have a negative impact on performance.10,11,12 Chromium has been shown to reduce the levels of cortisol, thereby reducing the negative impacts of stress.13 The results of both university and field evaluations demonstrate that KemTRACE Chromium is a highly bioavailable source of chromium that minimizes the impacts of stress, thus improving both performance.

While stress comes in many forms, one of the easiest types to control in a research setting is heat stress. The difference in performance between the control and the chromium supplemented diets of thermoneutral and chronically heat stressed pigs are displayed below.

Effects of chromium supplementation on ...

KemTRACE Chromium and KemTRACE Chromium-OR Swine Feeding Instructions:

Feeding Period 


Feeding Rate 

(Not to Exceed) 

Nursery: Entire nursery period (approximately 42 days)

200 ppb

Sows: Gestation/Lactation

200 ppb


200 ppb


Delivers 0.2 parts per million (200 parts per billion) chromium (from chromium propionate) when added and thoroughly mixed at the rate of 1 pound per ton of complete broiler feed.

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Product Specifications

KemTRACE Chromium 0.4% Spec Sheet
KemTRACE Chromium 0.04% Spec Sheet
KemTRACE Chromium-OR 0.4% Spec Sheet
KemTRACE Chromium-OR 0.04% Spec Sheet



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