Pastures of Pangola grass (Digitaria decumbens) and para grass (Brachiaria decumbens) for fattening pigs
Barbosa, A.S.; Figueiredo, E.P.; Veloso, J.E.F.; Cavalcanti, S.S.; Albuquerqe, G.C. filho; Vilela, H.
Arquivos da Escola de Veterinaria da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais 26(3): 365-379
From 23 to 60 kg 126 pigs were given a growing feed with 16% crude protein. One group was housed, with feed to appetite, and 6 groups were on pasture with 75% of the amount eaten to appetite by the first group. The pastures were of Pangola grass (Digitaria decumbens) or para grass (Brachiaria decumbens) and on each the pigs were allowed 125, 250 or 375 m2 each. Average daily gain was significantly greater in the confined pigs, with no difference among groups in conversion of feed to gain.