Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2755

Full Length Research Paper

Fresh cocoa pod husk as an ingredient in the diets of growing pigs

  E. O. K. Oddoye1*, S. W. A. Rhule2, K. Agyente-Badu1, V. Anchirinah1 and F. Owusu Ansah1        
  1Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, P. O. Box 8, New Tafo-Akim, Eastern Region, Ghana. 2Animal Research Institute, P. O. Box AH20, Achimota. Ghana.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 28 April 2010
  •  Published: 31 May 2010

Abstract

 

The growth rate, feed intake, feed to gain ratio and cost of gain of growing pigs fed diets containing 250 g kg-1 dry cocoa pod husk (control) (diet I) and 200 (diet II) or 300 (diet III) g kg-1 cocoa pod husk in the form of fresh (wet) cocoa pod husk were investigated in a feeding trial set up as a completely randomized design, at two (2) locations, with three (3) treatments replicated four (4) times and lasting 140 days. The variances at the two locations proved to be homogenous and as such data from the two (2) locations was pooled with the analysis being handled as a single-factor design with treatment as the only factor. There was no significant difference (p > 0.05) between treatments for average daily weight gain, average daily feed intake and feed conversion ratio. Cost of gain for 300 g kg-1 fresh (wet) cocoa pod husk treatment was, however, significantly higher (p < 0.05) than the other feeds.  It was concluded that feeding fresh (wet) cocoa pod husk to growing pigs, up to 300 g kg-1 (on air-dry weight basis) of the diet had no deleterious effects on the pigs.

 

Key words: Feeding trial, fresh cocoa pod husk, growing pigs, growth rate, feed to gain ratio.