GROWTH PERFORMANCE AND DIGESTIBILITY OF WEANER PIGS FED DIETS SUBSTITUTED WITH FRESH CABBAGE (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) WASTE

Authors

  • Ilaboya, I. I. Department of Animal Science and Animal Technology, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Edo State.
  • Imouokhome, J. I. Department of Animal Science and Animal Technology, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Edo State.
  • Omastuli, M. O. Department of Animal Science and Animal Technology, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Edo State.
  • Imonikhe, S. E. Department of Animal Science and Animal Technology, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Edo State.
  • Ogwum, J. Department of Animal Science and Animal Technology, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Edo State.

Keywords:

Brassica oleracea, Digestibility, Weaner pigs, Economics, Performance.

Abstract

Twenty-seven mixed breeds of pigs were allotted to three dietary treatments in a completely randomized design, to assess growth performance and nutrient digestibility of weaner pigs fed diets substituted with fresh cabbage (Brassica oleracea) waste (CW).  There were three replicates per treatment and 3 pigs per replicate. The control group (COG) was fed a ration containing 30% brewer dried grain and 70% concentrate. In contrast, the other two groups were fed the same diet but with 20 (CW-20) and 40 (CW-40) parts of the concentrate component substituted with cabbage waste on an equivalent basis. The experiment lasted for 8 weeks. The COG had the highest (P<0.05) final weight. Feed intake was not significantly different (P>0.05) among treatment means. Body weight change was not different (P>0.05) from the COG and the CW-20 group. Feed conversion ratio (FCR) increased (P<0.05) with increasing levels of CW with pigs in control having the least FCR. Cost of production was reduced for the substituted diets, but lowest in diet CW-40 (N9,882). Crude protein and ash digestibility were highest (P<0.05) in pigs on the COG and CW-20 while crude fibre and fat digestibility were lowest in the COG and CW-40 respectively. It can be concluded, therefore, that 40% inclusion of cabbage waste can serve as an excellent supplemental feed resource for weaner pigs.

Author Biographies

Omastuli, M. O., Department of Animal Science and Animal Technology, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Edo State.

 

 

 

Ogwum, J., Department of Animal Science and Animal Technology, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Edo State.

 

 

 

Published

2021-12-30