Evaluation Of The Nutritive Value Of Pinapple Wastes And Malted SorphumSprouts Based Diet On Pigs
The study was conducted to evaluate the nutritive value of Pineapple waste and malted sorghum sprout (PWMSM or MSPW) based diet on pigs. The experiment was conducted at the Swine unit of the Teaching and Research Farm, University of Uyo, Uyo, AkwaIbom State. The malted sorghum sprout and pineapple waste was at ratio 1:2 (weight/weight) respectively. A total of 40 grower pigs of large white were used for the study. The pigs were divided into 4 groups based on average initial weights (20-25kg) and each group of grower pigs were respectively allocated to each of the four treatment diets using a completely randomized design (CRD). Each treatment group contained 2 replicates of 10 pigs 5male and 5female). These pigs were fed twice daily and water supplied ad-libitium. Four diets were formulated to contain 0%, 20%, 40% and 60% of MSPW. Data were collected on growth performance and blood profile. Result revealed that there was no significant (P>0.05) differences on all the growth performance parameters measured. The highest value of average daily weight gain (19.21 g/day) was observed in pigs fed 20% MSPW while the lowest value was obtained in pigs fed 40% MSPW pigs placed on 20% MSPW had the best feed conversion ratio value . (17.15). No significant differences (P>0.05) were observed on all blood profile parameters measured except the albumin and creatinine. The albumin and creatinine values ranged from 2.63-3.52 g/dl and 0.90- 1.50mg/dl respectively. It can be concluded that grower pigs fed 20% MSPW based diet yielded best results in terms of performance and there was no detrimental effect on their blood profile. Implications and recommendations were made from the findings of the study