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Effects of Nutrase xyla® Enzyme Supplementation on Haematological Parameters of Growing Pigs Fed Low and High Fibre Diets
*1Alu S. E., 2Adenkola A. Y., 3Oluremi O. I. A. & 3Kaankuka F. G.
1Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, P.M.B.135, Shabu-Lafia Campus, Nasarawa State, Nigeria. 2Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. 3Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Animal Science, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.
Accepted: September 11, 2011

ABSTRACT
A 49- day feeding trial was conducted to determine the effects of fibre and Nutrase xyla® enzyme supplementation on the haematological parameters of growing pigs fed low and high fibre diets. Sixteen Landrace X Large white cross breed pigs were used in a 2x2 factorial arrangement with 2 enzyme levels (0 and 100ppm) and two dietary fibre levels (10 and 15%). Four dietary treatments tagged T1, T2, T3 and T4 were formulated to be isocaloric (about 3200kcal/kg ME) and isonitrogenous (20% CP) and to contain 5% crude fibre for treatments T1 and T2 and 10% crude fibre for treatments T3 and T4 respectively. All the haematological parameters determined varied greatly but were not significantly (P >0.05) different among dietary treatments. In conclusion, supplementing fibrous feed with enzyme improves the haematological parameters in growing pigs.
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