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Swine Nutrition and Feed Technology
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 1995;8(4): 311-316.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.1995.311    Published online August 1, 1995.
Feed resource availability and utilization in smallholder pig farms in Sri Lanka
V. Ravindran, H. W. Cyril, P. Nadesalingam, D. D. Gunawardene
Data on available feed resources, feeding practices and nutrient adequacy of rations under small farm conditions in Sri Lanka were obtained in a baseline survey involving 104 pig farms. The results showed that a wide range of non-conventional feedstuffs are used for pig feeding under typical small farm conditions and that dietary protein quality is a major factor limiting productivity. Following the survey, two on-farm trials were conducted to evaluate cheaper, alternative feeding strategies. In tral 1, a test diet was formulated using several non-conventional feedstuffs and compared with a commercial feed that is normally fed in the farms. In trial 2, the possibility of improving growth rates by amino acid supplementation was evaluated. The results demonstrated that feed costs can be considerably lowered through these packages. Some problems ingerent to on-farm livestock trials are highlighted.
Keywords: Feed Resources; Feeding Practices; Survey; Small Farms; Pigs; On-farm Trials
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