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Rodriguez et al., 2006. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 18 (7)

Document reference 
Rodríguez, L. ; Lopez, D. J. ; Preston, T. R. ; Peters, K., 2006. New Cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) leaves as partial replacement for soya bean meal in sugar cane juice diets for growing pigs. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 18 (7)

Twelve pigs in 4 pens (3 animals in each) were used to compare two treatments in a completely random design with 2 repetitions. The treatments were soybean meal at 500 g/animal/day (control) and fresh leaves of New Cocoyam (4 kg/animal/day and 250 g/animal/day of soybean meal). The rest of the diet was  sugar cane  juice and a mineral supplement. The trial lasted 56 days during the growth phase from 25 to 56 kg live weight.

There were no differences between treatments for the parameters: DM intake, weight gain and feed conversion, the values of which were within the range normally observed for this type of diet.

The results are preliminary but they indicate the potential of fresh New Cocoyam leaves to replace up to half the soybean protein in diets based on sugar cane juice for growing pigs.

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Rodriguez et al., 2006