Performance of Starter Pigs Fed Malted and Fermented Maize Based Weaner Diets

Two experiments were conducted with the overall objective of developing appropriate diets to permit early weaning for increased productivity and profitability of pig production. Use of malted or fermented maize grain in weaner diets is an available alternative towards improved feed intake, digestion and growth rate. Malting significantly increases feed intake in weaned piglets. However, based on cost of inputs, fermented maize-FM based weaner diet was considered to be of low cost, resulted in good performance and therefore used to reduce weaning age. Feeding FM upon weaning at week 5 significantly improved ADG as compared to weaning at week 6. In conclusion, malting and fermentation of maize improve performance of weaned piglets.
Deux expériences ont été réalisées avec l’objectif global d’élaborer des régimes alimentaires appropriés pour permettre un sevrage précoce en vue d’accroître la productivité et la rentabilité de la production porcine. L’utilisation de grains de maïs fermenté ou malté dans l’alimentation des porcelets sevrés est une alternative utilisable pour l’amélioration de la prise alimentaire, la digestion et le taux de croissance. Le maltage augmente significativement la prise alimentaire chez les porcelets sevrés. Cependant, basée sur le coût des intrants, l’alimentation de porcelets sevrésà base du maïs fermenté (FM) a été considérée comme étant de faible coût, a abouti à une bonne performance et donc a permis de réduire l’âge du sevrage. Nourrir de maïs fermenté(FM) au moment du sevrage à la 5ème semaine a significativement amélioré l’ADG par rapport au sevrage à la 6ème semaine. En conclusion, le maltage et la fermentation du maïs améliorent la performance des porcelets sevrés.
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The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants.  This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Enhancing Livestock Productivity.