Using feed additives as a way to improve growth performance in weaned piglets

FESTIM SHYTAJ1 ETLEVA DELIA2*

1Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration, Albania

2Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania

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AbstractA combined probiotic preparation of 1×109 CFU/kg, Enterococcus faecium DSM 7134 and 2×109 CFU/kg Saccharomyces cerevisiae E 1703 was supplemented to a basal diet with 1g/kg feed. The effects on growth performance, on thirty weaned piglets (28 days) were studied for six weeks experimental period. At the end of experimental period the supplementation of combined probiotic improved slightly Daily Weight Gain (DWG) g/day (2.7%) and Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR), kg feed/kg weight gain (4.4%). Because of the high coefficient of variations the differences were not significant. Based on the achieved results in the present investigations, it could be concluded that the utilization of probiotis led to an improvement of the production parameters in pigs, especially under the extensive farm conditions.

Keywords: Combined probiotic, weaned piglets, daily weight gain, feed conversion ratio.

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