The Effect of Varying the Level of Saccharin on the Performance of Young Pigs

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Ochetim, S.
Odur, I.D.
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An experiment was conducted to test the effect of varying the level of saccharin at 0, 10, 20, 30 and 40 g/kg diet, on the performance of young Pigs fed from approximately 12 kg to 25 kg body weight. Diets containing saccharin produced faster (P<O.05) growth rates and higher feed intakes than the unsupplemented saccharin diet. Within the saccharin supplemented groups growth rates and feed intakes were significantly improved but not beyond the 20 g/kg diet supplementation level Feed to gain ration did not differ between the 0, 10 and 20 g / kg levels of supplementation. The 30 and 40 g/kg levels of saccharin supplementation adversely affected (P<0.05) feed to gain ratio. The 0, 10 and 20 g / kg dietary levels of saccharin resulted in higher (P<0.05) apparent dry matter, energy and protein digestibility coefficients than the 30 or 40 g/kg levels of supplementation. Digestible energy and crude protein intakes increased with the level of saccharin in the diet but the efficiencies of these nutrient utilizations decreased with the level of saccharin in the diet.
East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal, XLIV (NO.3), pp. 202-205