International Journal of
Livestock Production

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Livest. Prod.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2448
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLP
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 263

Full Length Research Paper

Effect of a liquid extract of Moringa oleifera on body weight gain and overall body weight of weaning pigs

Pfaff, Oliver
  • Pfaff, Oliver
  • Departamento de Ciencias básicas, Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santiago, Republica Dominicana
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Fausto Solís de los Santos
  • Fausto Solís de los Santos
  • Departamento de Ciencias básicas, Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santiago, Republica Dominicana
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Fernando Fernández
  • Fernando Fernández
  • Rancho Zafarraya, Provincia Espaillat, Republica Dominicana.
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Idelvi Ramos
  • Idelvi Ramos
  • Departamento de Nutrición Animal, Instituciones Pecuarias Dominicanas, S. A.
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Barbara Abukarma
  • Barbara Abukarma
  • Departamento de Nutrición Animal, Instituciones Pecuarias Dominicanas, S. A.
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  •  Received: 30 April 2014
  •  Accepted: 12 May 2015
  •  Published: 31 May 2015

Abstract

Weaning piglets were continuously delivered a fermented extract of Moringa oleifera at a dilution of 1/250 in the drinking water beginning at 21 or 28 days of age. Weekly body weight and weight gain were measured for 5 consecutive weeks in the fermented extract treated and the control group. There was no significant difference between those groups (P<0.05), except the body weight gain in the period 21-28 days (P<0.05), as fermented extract treated piglets were heavier (1.16 kg) than the control group (0.61 kg). The data indicate that M. oleifera extract has a positive growth promoting effect on the animals.

 

Key words: Moringa oleifera, additive, weight gain, weaning, piglets.