Rectal digestibility of nutrients in growing pigs, fed with taro silage (Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott). Technical note

W. Caicedo, R. Rodríguez, P. Lezcano, J. Ly, J. C. Vargas, H. Uvidia, E. Samaniego, S. Valle, L. Flores


A total of eight castrated male pigs were used, from the Yorkshire x Landrace x Duroc commercial cross, with an average live weight of 36.25 ± 2.12 kg. These animals were distributed at a rate of four pigs in two treatments: T1 control diet (corn and soybeans) and T2 with inclusion of 20% of taro silage with whey and molasses B of sugarcane in the diet. A completely randomized design was applied to determine the rectal digestibility of nutrients from the
taro tubers silage (Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott) in growing pigs. The best coefficients (P <0.05) of rectal digestibility of dry matter (DM 91.20 %), organic matter (OM 93.33 %), crude protein (CP 85.08 %), crude fiber (CF 59.48 %) and digestible energy (DE 89.88 %) were showed by pigs fed 20 % silage in the diet. The rectal digestibility of DM, OM, CP, CF and DE showed high utilization rates, when including 20% taro tubers silage in the diet,
which guaranteed a food with optimal nutritional characteristics for growing pigs.
Key words: pig feeding, use of nutrients, fermentation, molasses
B, whey.

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