Poultry offal meal as a protein supplement for grower pigs
A 16-week feeding trial, involving 18 weaner pigs in a randomized complete block design, was carried out to determine. the value of poultry offal meal (POM) as a protein supplement for grower pigs at three dietary levels, 0%, 10% and 20%. Liveweight gain, dressing percentage and backfat thickness were significantly (<0.05) higher in pigs fed 20%POM dietary level. The cut parts, heart, liver and kdney, , also increased with increasing level of POM), the diets. The poultry offal meal (POM), the processed, edible and inedible parts of poultry (viscera feathers, beaks blood, discarded eggs and dead birds) used for this study, contained 56 .4% crude protein 20.9% crude fat , 7 .7% total ash. 4.6% crude fibre and 3 J 8Kcal/gm metabolizable energy. The results of this study suggest that POM could be incorporated in grower pig rations up to 20% with good results.
Key words: Poultry offal meal (POM), protein supplement.