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Research article2008Peer reviewedOpen access

Effect of dietary fiber level on the performance and carcass traits of Mong Cai, F1 crossbred (Mong CaixYorkshire) and LandracexYorkshire pigs

Len NT, Lindberg JE, Ogle B


The effects of feeding diets containing 20% (L) or 30% (H) neutral detergent fiber (NDF) (DM basis) on performance and carcass traits were studied in three breeds of pig, including pure Mong Cai (MC), crossbred Landracex Yorkshire (LY) and crossbred MCxYorkshire (171). The experiment had a factorial design with two factors, breed and diet. Eighteen piglets of each breed (60 3 days) were randomly allocated to three treatments: L-L, low fiber diet in both growing and finishing periods; L-H, low and high fiber diet in the growing and finishing period, respectively; and H-H, high fiber diet in both periods. The diets were iso-energetic and iso-nitrogenous within feeding period. The main fibrous ingredients of the diets were rice bran and cassava residue. There were no effects of fiber level on daily dry matter feed intake (DMI), expressed as g/kg metabolic body weight (BW0.75), in both feeding periods (p > 0.05). DMI was highest for MC, followed by F1 and LY (p < 0.001). Average daily gain (ADG) in L-L and L-H was higher than in H-H in the growing period (p < 0.001) and overall (p < 0.05), while feed conversion ratio (FCR) was higher in H-H than in L-L and L-H in the growing period (p < 0.05) and overall, but no significant differences between treatments were found in the finishing period. In both periods, Landracex Yorkshire had the highest ADG and the lowest FCR, followed by F1 and Mong Cai (p < 0.001). There were no interactions between breed and diet for performance and carcass traits. Carcass and dressing percentage was lower for L-H and H-H than for L-L (p < 0.05). There were no significant differences among treatments in back fat thickness and lean meat percentage, or in crude protein and ether extract contents of lean meat. Carcass, dressing and lean meat percentage was highest for LY, lowest for MC and intermediate for F1 (p < 0.001). It can be concluded that feeding a high fiber diet in the growing period reduced pig performance, but there was no effect in the finishing period. Pure Mong Cai pigs are not particularly suitable for meat purposes, although the F I cross with Large White had reasonably good growth performance and carcass quality

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Asian-Australasian journal of animal sciences
2008, Volume: 21, number: 2, pages: 245-251