Optimum Inclusion of Coconut Meal In Growing-Finishing Pig Diets

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1982
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Lekule, F. P.
Homb, T.
Katagile, J. A.
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Thirty two pigs of average live weight 40 kg were fed restricted amounts 'Of diets, containing 0, 10, 20 and 30 percent coconut meal to a slaughter weight of 90 kg. Rate and efficiency of gain were reduced! by increased 'levels of coconut meal beyond 10 percent. The main reason for the poor animal performance was low feed; intake. However, due to the current shortage of pig feed in Tanzania, a growth rate of 500g per day is quite satisfactory. Hence inclusion of up to 20 percent coconut meal in growing-finishing pig diets is recommended in areas where the meal is abundant and cheap compared to' other protein supplements.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 48 (1-4), p. 19-24
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