THE EFFECT OF PELLET AND GRANULATED FEED ON PRODUCTION PARAMETERS OF FATTENING PIGS
Sala Flutura, Delia Etleva, Kopali Anila
The feed processing used on non ruminant animals like pigs and poultry is one of the most studied field. Pig production in Albania is extensive and hygiene conditions in pig stalls are too far from the usually standards. The main objective of this study was to investigate the effects of pellet and meal feed on the performance parameters like as body live weight (BLW), daily weight gain (DWG) and feed conversion ration (FCR) of pigs, under consideration of the extensive pig production conditions like these in Albanian livestock farms. The utilization of pelleted feed improved growth parameters, average live weight (kg), daily weight gain g/day and feed conversion ratio (FCR), compared to the control group. During the experimental period, the group treated with pellet feed had a higher average live weight, 1.3%, 2.4%, and 2.7% respectively on the third, fifth and seventh week. The average daily weight gain had the same tendency. The pellet feed improved clearly the feed conversion ratio also. Based on the achieved results in the present investigations, it could be concluded that the utilization of pelleted feed led to an improvement of the production parameters in pigs, especially under the extremely extensive farm conditions like these in Albanian farms of pig production.
Key words: pigs, pellet feed, granulated feed, performance parameters, daily weight gain