Growth Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Growing-Finishing Pigs Fed Palm Kernel Cake-Based Diets Supplemented With Mannanase PLTTM, an Exogenous Enzyme

Abstract:

An experiment involving fifty-four (54) Large White x Landrace crossbred pigs (36 gilts and 18 barrows) with average initial live weight of 28±1.5 kg was conducted to determine the effects of three inclusion levels of palm kernel cake (PKC) supplemented with an exogenous enzyme (Mannanase PLTTM) on the performance of grower pigs. Pigs on PKC at 30% elicited the best performance (P= 0.02) in terms of feed:gain ratio. Higher (P> 0.001) P2 fat thickness was recorded with increasing levels of the cake. Increasing levels of the PKC was seen to cause a considerable (P= 0.016) loss in lean carcass yield.


Authors:

Boateng, M.

Okai, D. B.( Department of Animal Science, Professor, dbokai.agric@knust.edu.gh,

0322060325), Baah, J., Donkoh, A., Mangalindan, J. F.


Place of Publication:

This article is in publication by the 'Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Ghana, 'Lethbridge Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, AB TJJ4B1, Canada

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