The objective of this study was to evaluate the pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Brown) utilization on feeding of initial pigs (15-30kg of body weight). A performance trial was conducted by using 48 crossbred pigs (a half barrows and a half females) with initial weight of 14.93 + 2.01kg with the use of IAPAR-IA98301 species of pearl millet (DM 90.61%; CP 11.64%; Ca 0.05%; P 0.29% and 3,182 kcal DE kg-1). A randomized blocks designwas used, with four treatments (0; 20; 40 and 60% of pearl millet inclusion), with six repetitions and two animals per experimental unit. The pearl millet inclusion on starting pigs diets did not influence on daily feed intake, average daily gain, feed:gain ratio and cost in diet per kilogram of pig produced during the initial phase. The results, suggest that the pearl millet IAPAR-IA98301 can be included in starting pig diets until 60%.
alternative feed; animal nutrition; economic analysis; monogastrics