DIETARY SUPPLEMENTATION OF Saccharomyces cerevisiae FERMENTATION METABOLITES DURING GESTATION AND LACTATION INCREASED SURVIVABILITY AND LITTER WEIGHT AT WEANING OF PIGLETS

Rona Cathrina M. Lizardo, Francis Carlo C. Reyes, Babylyn A. Moog, Emily P. Angeles, Anthony Francis S. Regaspi, Lord Paul C. Amahit

Abstract


A feeding trial was conducted to investigate the effects of dietary supplementa­tion of Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation metabolites (SFM) during gesta­tion and lactation on piglet performance. Thirty crossbred sows (4.23 ± 0.04 of average parity) were randomly allocated to two dietary treatments following a randomized complete block design, with parity as blocking factor. The treat­ments include basal gestating and lactating diets added with 0 or 2 kg/ton SFM. The feeding trial started at day 1 of gestation and continued until weaning. Pig­lets from sows fed SFM had higher adjusted 30-d litter weight (84.48 vs 69.91 kg; P<0.05) and tend to have lower preweaning mortality (4.33 vs 10.12%; P=0.0992). No differences were detected on other parameters measured. In con­clusion, supplementation of 2 kg/ton SFM on gestating and lactating diet has the potential to increase growth and survivability of piglets.


Keywords


fermentation metabolites, piglet, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, sow

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