EFFECT OF FOOD WASTE ON THE PERFORMANCE AND HAEMATOLOGICAL PROFILE OF WEANED PIGS

Authors

  • Adebiyi, O. A. Department of Animal Science, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Dare, A. M.
  • Bankole, T. O.

Keywords:

Rice wastes, Weaned pigs, Performance, Haematology

Abstract

This study evaluated the performance, haematological and serum biochemical parameters of weaned pigs fed rice wastes. Twenty seven weaned pigs (8.83kg±0.5) were randomly assigned into three treatments (n=9) as control (T1: 25% basal + 75% concentrate), T2 (25% basal + 37.5% concentrate +37.5% rice waste) and T3 (25% basal + 75% rice waste) in an experiment that lasted for 7 weeks. Significant variations were observed in weight changes and feed conversion ratio of pigs fed T1 (12.70kg and 0.93) and T2 (10.07kg and 1.12) respectively. Pigs fed T2 recorded significant values of 12.83(x103/?l) in WBC and 44.00% in lymphocyte compared to pigs fed other diets. Furthermore, the addition of rice waste improved significantly (P<0.05) the glucose (77.35mg/dl) and cholesterol (179.80mg/dl) content of the serum of pigs in T3 compared to 60.15mg/dl and 112.23mg/dl that was observed in pigs fed T1. No significant variation was also observed in the Alanine amino transferase (ALT) content of pigs fed T1 (35.45 I.U/l) and T2 (40.80 I.U/l). It can be concluded that combination (25% basal + 37.5% concentrate + 37.5% rice waste) of rice waste and concentrate can serve as a feed for weaned pigs for maximal growth.

Author Biography

Dare, A. M.




Published

2017-06-30