Scholarly Journal of Agricultural Science Vol. 7(2), pp. 57-61 March, 2017
Available online at http:// www.scholarly-journals.com/SJAS
ISSN 2276-7118 © 2017 Scholarly-Journals
Growth performance and blood parameters of weaner pigs fed diets supplemented with turmeric powder
Livestock Department at Dan-malafia Research Farms, Ibadan, Nigeria. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
A total of Twenty four (24) six weeks old weaned cross bred male pigs (Landrace × Duroc) were used to investigate the growth performance and blood parameters of weaner pigs fed diets supplemented with turmeric. The pigs were randomly divided into four groups of six (6) each and the groups were randomly assigned to four diets containing four levels at 0%, 2%, 4% and 6% of turmeric powder (TUP). Each treatment was replicated 3 times with 2 pigs per replicate in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). The trial lasted for 56days. The growth performance measured were feed intake, body weight gain and feed conversion ratio and the hematological parameters evaluated are Red blood cell count (RBC), Hemoglobin (Hb), White blood cell count (WBC), Pack cell volume (PCV), Mean corpuscular volume (MCV), Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) and Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC). Results showed that dietary turmeric powder (TUP) inclusion significantly (P<0.05) improved the final live weight, the feed conversion ratio and reduction in feed cost per kg weight gain in the animals. The feed intake were not significantly (P>0.05) different among the dietary treatments and none of the hematological parameters were significantly (P>0.05) affected. It was concluded based on the data from feed intake, final live weight, feed conversion ratio, feed cost per kg and the haematological indices evaluated that turmeric powder (TUP) could be incorporated up to 6% level in weaner pig ration.
Key words: Weaner pigs, feed intake, feed conversion ratio, growth performance.