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Effect of Feeding Fermented Soybean Meal with Coconut Oil (Cocosoya) on the Growth Performance, Nutrient Digestibility, Fecal Score, Gas Emission and Blood Profile in Weaning Pigs

Madesh, M., H. Park, I. Kim and W. Seok

A study was conducted to evaluate the effects of dietary supplementation of fermented soybean meal (FSBM) with coconut oil on growth performance in weaning pigs. A total of 80 crossbred weanling pigs [42 days old] with average body weight (BW) of 6.52 ± 0.59 kg were used in a 6-week experiment trial. Pigs were blocked based on BW and sex and randomly allotted to 1 of 4 dietary treatments [5 pigs per pen (2 barrows and 3 gilts); 4 pens per treatment]. Treatments consisted of pigs fed: 1) CON, a basal diet with 2% coconut powder; 2) basal diet with a 3% cocosoya 3) basal diet with a 6% cocosoya 4) basal diet with 9% cocosoya. The supplementation of increasing levels of cocosoya to diet weaning pigs linearly increased (P = 0.05) the BW at week 1, 3 and 6 compared with the pigs fed the control diet. The average daily gain (ADG) and gain: feed (G:F) ratio was linearly increased  (P < 0.05) during day 1to7. The ADG, average daily feed intake (ADFI) and G: F was linearly increased (P < 0.05) during day 8 to 21 were observed with the increase in the supplemental of cocosoya. The ADG and ADFI linearly increased (P < 0.05) during day 22 to 42. The overall ADG, ADFI and G:F  was linearly increased (P < 0.05)  in pigs fed increasing levels of cocosoya during overall experimental period. The creatinine was linearly increased (P < 0.05) and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) concentration were trend to increase (P < 0.05)  in pigs fed increasing levels of cocosoya during day 22.

Thus, the supplementation of FSMB has beneficial effects on the growth performance and immunity and it may help to overcome the stress faced by the weaning piglets during the transition of liquid to solid feed intake.