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Growth Performance of Native Swine (Sus domesticus) Fed with Corn Bran, Grated Coconut and Processed Banana Pseudostem

Aser L. Cambangay, Gether Enario

Native swine (Sus domesticus) is one of the most economical livestock to grow among backyard raisers for its highly adaptable traits to any condition and management. This animal can withstand simple housing and subsist on indigenous feed materials, aside from being resistant to diseases. This research study aimed to evaluate the growth performance of native swine fed with corn bran, grated coconut, and processed banana pseudostem. This study utilized twenty (20) weaned native piglets. They were arranged in Randomized Complete Block Design and subjected to five ration treatments: T1-100% Corn bran as Control, T2- 50% Corn bran + 50% Grated coconut, T3- 50% Corn bran + 50% Processed banana pseudostem, T4- 50% Corn bran + 25% Grated coconut and 25% Processed banana pseudostem and T5- 60% Corn bran + 20% Grated coconut and 20% Processed banana pseudostem. Results revealed no significant differences among treatment means on the initial weight, final weight, average daily gain, monthly weight gain, and the total weight gain of native swine. However, an increasing trend on the final weight, average daily gain, monthly weight gain, and the total weight gain observed in T5 with the ration treatment of 60% corn bran + 20% grated coconut and 20% processed banana pseudostem. Results also revealed that the structural growth of native swine in the initial, final, and total increment of height, heart girth, and body length was not significantly different among the treatment means. However, highly significant results observed in the total amount of feed intake with those feds, with 50% Corn Bran and 50% Grated Coconut having the highest feed intake (51,839.80 grams). On the other hand, significant results were observed in the feed conversion ratio with those fed with 50% Corn Bran and 50% Grated Coconut with a 3.37 Feed Conversion Ratio. Blanket feeding of indigenous feed materials suggested compensating for the lesser effects of experimental feeds, confirming, or negating the non-significant finding in some of the study parameters. Likewise, an extended period of raising native piglets after weaning is essential to parallel their natural and more prolonged growth and development period, vital to their production potential.

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