Effects on performance of growing pigs fed diets containing different levels of dried cashew pulp
Tropical Animal Health and Production
Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, P. O. Box 8, New Tafo-Akim, Eastern Region, Ghana
The purpose was to investigate the use of dried cashew pulp (DrCP), the sun-dried residue after juice has been extracted from the cashew apple, as a feed ingredient in growing pig diets. The growth rate, feed intake, feed to gain ratio and cost of gain of grower pigs fed diets containing 0 (0DrCP), 100 (100DrCP), 150 (150DrCP) or 200 (200DrCP) g kg-1 of dried cashew pulp was investigated in a feeding trial set up as a Completely randomized design with 4 treatments replicated 3 times and lasting 112 days. There were no significant differences (P > 0.05) among treatments in the parameters measured. It was concluded that dried cashew pulp could be used in growing pig diets up to a level of 200 g kg-1 without any deleterious effects. Future work will look at higher levels of DrCP inclusion in the diets of growing pigs. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V 2009.
animal; animal disease; animal food; article; cashew nut; diet; economics; Ghana; growth, development and aging; swine; Anacardium; Animal Feed; Animals; Diet; Ghana; Sus scrofa; Anacardium occidentale; Malus x domestica; Suidae