Performance And Serum Metabolites, Of Grower Pigs Fed Groundnut Cake, Extruded Soyabean Meal And Cottonseed Cake-Based Diets
The study assessed the effect on performance and serum metabolites of ninety grower pigs fed extruded full·fat soyabean meal (ESBM) and cottonseed cake (CSC) as partial (-50%) and whole (100%) replacement
for groundnut cake (GNC) in practical-type diets over 12 weeks feeding period. Ninety Large White X Landrace pigs with average initial liveweigbt of 30.50± 1.4kg were randomly assigned to five dietary treatments and each treatment had three replicates. The diets were iso-nitrogenous and iso-caloric. The ESBM in the diets showed an improvement in average daily weight gain and feed conversion. Diet in which there was 50% replacement or GNC with ESBM gave the best result (P < 0.05). However, general trend showed a numerical increase with levels of ESRM and CSC in the diets. Serum albumin and cholesterol levels were significantly (P < 0.05) reduced by inclusion of extruded full-Cat soyabean meal, and CSC while serum creatinine level was increased.
Keywords: Grower pigs, extruded soyabean meal, cottonseed cake, performance, serum, metabolites