A. O. K. Adesehinwa, B. A. Makanjuola, E. Ajayi, J. O. Saka, D. J. Ogunyemi, A. O. Sorunke, B. A. Boladuro, J. O. Abiola


Growth performance of growing pigs fed from concrete feeding trough, semi-automatic feeder and their combination was examined for eight weeks. Ninety-nine growing cross bred (Large white x Landrace) pigs of average initial live weight of 18.19±0.31 Kg were assigned to three dietary treatments, comprising three replicates of 11 growing pigs each in completely randomized design. A standard diet was fed to the animals in concrete feeding trough (T1; plate 1), concrete feeding trough and semi-automatic feeder (T2; plate 2) and semi-automatic feeder (T3; plate 3). Feed and water were given ad lib and weekly feed intake and weights were recorded. Feed conversion ratio and daily weight gain were calculated. The overall performance showed that combination of the feeders (T2) improved the daily weight gain (448.74 g) and average daily feed intake (1666.56 g). The pigs fed from both feeders (T2) had the highest (P<0.05) total cost of feeding (₦9293.40) while the lowest cost of feeding (₦8691.50) was observed in pigs fed from semi-automatic feeder (T3). In conclusion, the combination of concrete feeding trough and semi-automatic feeders improved the average daily weight gain and average daily feed intake of growing pigs when compared with the pigs fed from concrete feeding trough.


Concrete feeding trough, Semi-automatic feeder, Growth performance, Economic of production

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