The Response of Local and Verenigde Deutch Lanvarken Pigs to Corypha gebanga Feeding Supplementation
Fuah, Asnath Maria
Pattie, William Arthur
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Study to examine the growth of local breed pigs and Verenigde Deutsch Lanvarken(VDL) pigs supplemented with Corypha gebanga pith and maize have been conducted for 14 weeks. A total of 32 neutered pigs (16 local breed and 16 VDL pigs) were used in the study. The average initial live weight was 8.0 kg for the local breed and 12.1 kg for VDL pigs. Four feeding treatments were applied: T1-60% C.gebanga +15% maize; T2- 65% C.gebanga + 10% maize; T3-70% C.gebanga + 5% maize; and T4- 75% C.gebanga + no maize, respectively. Live weights and feed consumption were analyzed using repeated measures, analysis of variance. The results showed that feed supplemented with different composition of C.gebanga and maizehad no effect towards the growth of local breed pigs. However, this phenomenon was not seen in VDL pigs. The growth of VDL pigs supplemented with 75% was significantly lower (P<0.01) compared to the local breed pigs. It can be concluded that substitution of maize with C.gebanga has no influence towards the growth of local breed pigs. However, its effects on the growth of VDL pigs need further observation.