EFFECT OF DIETS BASED ON ALFALFA, BARLEY MEAL AND MINERAL BLOCK ON THE PRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE OF GUINEA PIGS

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  • The effect of feed supplementation with barley meal and mineral block on body weight gain, feed intake, feed conversion index, slaughter age, production cost and profit/cost ratio was evaluated in guinea pigs fed with alfalfa. A total of 250 male weaned animals were used in a completely randomized b...

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Main Author: Quintana M., Erika
Other Authors: Jiménez A., Ronald, Carcelén C., Fernando, San Martín H, Felipe, Ara G., Miguel
Format: Artículo
Language: spa
Published: 2014
Online Access: http://revistasinvestigacion.unmsm.edu.pe/index.php/veterinaria/article/view/2744
Summary:The effect of feed supplementation with barley meal and mineral block on body weight gain, feed intake, feed conversion index, slaughter age, production cost and profit/cost ratio was evaluated in guinea pigs fed with alfalfa. A total of 250 male weaned animals were used in a completely randomized block design with a 2x2 factorial arrangement (barley meal x mineral block) and one additional treatment for contrast (balanced diet).Barley meal supplementation significantly improved (p<0.05) body weight gain, feed intake, feed conversion index, benefit cost ratio and decreased slaughter age while mineral block supplementation only decreased slaughter age (p<0.05). On the other hand,plain forage without supplements and forage plus barley meal showed the best economic results.

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