Use of green or ripe banana silage as feedstuff in fattening pigs and its effect on carcass quality, digestibility and voluntary intake

Angeles Marin, A.A.; Cisneros Gonzalez, F.; Mariscal Landin, G.

Tecnica Pecuaria en Mexico 35(2): 77-86

1997


Accession: 003327857

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Abstract
In experiment 1, 12 pigs were penned in metabolic crates equipped for total faecal and urinary collection, and fed on green or ripe banana silage. Pigs fed on green banana silage had higher DM (46.58 vs. 38.58%) and lower N (-31.2 vs. 1.09) digestibility values than those fed on ripe banana silage. In a second experiment, 36 pigs were fed on a fish meal-based diet 500 g with free access to green or ripe banana silage. DM intake/kg0.75 was similar in both treatments; however, it increased quadratically in a time-dependant manner from 0.02 to 0.065 kg. Pigs fed on green banana silage had lower primary cut yields (43.6 vs. 45.0%) than those fed on ripe banana silage.