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Swine Nutrition and Feed Technology
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 2005;18(10): 1464-1468.
https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.2005.1464    Published online December 2, 2005.
Effects of Dietary Probiotic on Growth Performance, Nutrients Digestibility, Blood Characteristics and Fecal Noxious Gas Content in Growing Pigs
Y. J. Chen, K. S. Son, B. J. Min, J. H. Cho, O. S. Kwon, I. H. Kim
The aim of this study was to assess the effects of dietary complex probiotic (Lactobacillus acidophilus, 1.0횞107 CFU/g; Saccharomyces cerevisae, 4.3횞106 CFU/g; Bacillus subtilis 2.0횞106 CFU/g) on growth performance, nutrients digestibility, blood characteristics and fecal noxious gas content in growing pigs. Ninety [(Duroc횞Yorkshire)횞Landrace] pigs with the average initial BW of 39.75 1.97 kg were allocated into three treatments by a randomized complete block design. There were five pens per treatment with six pigs per pen. Dietary treatments include: 1) CON (basal diet); 2) CP1 (basal diet+complex probiotic 0.1%) and 3) CP2 (basal diet+ complex probiotic 0.2%). During the entire experimental period of 6 weeks, results showed that addition of complex probiotic at the level of 0.2% to diet increased ADG significantly (p<0.05). Also, digestibilities of DM and N tended to increase, however, no significant differences were observed (p>0.05). Blood characteristics (IgG, Albumin, total protein, RBC, WBC and lymphocyte) of pigs were not affected (p>0.05) by complex probiotic supplementation. Fecal NH3-N was decreased (11.8%) significantly by the addition of complex probiotic (p<0.05), but no effects were observed on fecal acetic acid, propionic acid and butyric acid concentrations (p>0.05). In conclusion, results in this experiment indicated that dietary complex probiotic supplementation had a positive effect on growing pigs performance and could decrease fecal NH3-N concentration.
Keywords: Probiotic; Digestibility; Blood Constituents; Fecal Noxious Gas; Growing Pigs

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