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Bastos et al., 2006. Rev. Bras. Zootec., 35 (1): 98-103

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Bastos, A. O. ; Moreira, I. ; Furlan, A. C. ; Oliveira, G. C. de; Fraga, A. L. ; Sartori, I. M., 2006. Effect of feeding increasing levels of pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Brown) grain for growing and finishing pigs. Rev. Bras. Zootec., 35 (1): 98-103

A performance trial was carried out to evaluate the nutritional and economical analyses of feeding increasing dietary levels of pearl millet for growing and finishing pigs. Forty crossbred pigs averaging initial body weight of 25.12.1 kg were assigned to four treatments as a randomized blocks design with five replicates and two pigs (one barrow and one gilt) per experimental unit. The treatments contained the following levels of pearl millet: 0, 25, 50 and 75%. No effects on daily feed intake (DFI), daily weight gain (DWG), and feed:gain ratio (FGR) in the growing phase was detected. However, in the finishing phase, quadratic effect on DWG and DFI was observed, showing that the inclusion of 26.44% of pearl millet increased DWG. The inclusion of pearl millet up to 75% in the diets of growing and finishing pigs meet animal requirements and it is economically viable for market value of 70% corn price.

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Bastos et al., 2006