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Asian-Australas J Anim Sci > Volume 4(3); 1991 > Article
Swine Nutrition and Feed Technology
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 1991;4(3): 227-230.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.1991.227    Published online September 1, 1991.
Evaluation of best sex and economic slaughter weight on standard feeding in large white pigs under Indian conditions
A. Kumar, C. S. Barsaul
Abstract
A comparative study was conducted in total thirty six large white weaner pigs of about 15 kg body weight namely boars, barrows and gilts to evaluate best sex and economic slaughter weight with one standard ration. In 159 days study period feed consumption, growth, feed conversion ratio and carcass quality were judged in all sexes of pigs at 50, 70 and 90 kg body weight. It was noted that upto 70 kg body weight the growth in boars and gilts 46.0 and 49.0 kg and feed conversion ratio 4.83 and 4.81 were superior and economical over the barrows, which were 45.5 kg and 4.95. Later on there were too many fluctuations in growth and feed conversion ratio in all sexes of pigs, which would be uneconomical. Carcass quality was also better in boars and gilts than barrows. No boar taint was noted in most of the boar carcasses. Hence it is concluded that boars and gilts can be raised upto the 70 kg body weight for economic pork production.
Keywords: Boars; Barrows; Growth; Carcass Quality; Boar Taint


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