Growth Performance and Nutrient Digestibility of Growing Pigs Fed Cassava Peel Meal Based Diets Treated with Exogenous Enzyme

Torhemen L. N. • Ikurior S. A. • Wuanor A. A.

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Abstract

A feeding trial was conducted to evaluate the growth performance and nutrient digestibility of grower-finisher pigs fed diets containing 0 %, 50 %, 75 % and 100 % levels of cassava peel meal treated with 0.035gNatuzyme®/100g CPM. Sixteen (16) pure bred male Landrace grower-finisher pigs, averaging 31.80kg were allotted to four dietary treatments in a completely randomized design such that each pig was housed and fed individually as a replicate. Four experimental diets T1, T2, T3 and T4 were formulated and 0 %, 50 %, 75% and 100% maize was replaced with Natuzyme® treated cassava peel meal and fed until the pigs reached 60kg ±2kg live weight. At the end of the feeding trial which lasted for 7, 7,8 and 9 weeks for treatment T1, T2, T3 and T4, respectively, two pigs from each dietary treatment were randomly selected and starved for 24hours;faecal samples were collected for seven days, oven dried, weighed and sampled for digestibility analysis. Feed intake and weight gain of pigs fed test diets decreased (p>0.05) while, feed conversion ratio increased (p>0.05) compared with the control. There was significant reduction (p

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International Journal of Environment, Agriculture and Biotechnology

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