1Faculty of Agriculture, F. S. Noli University Korce, Albania
2Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania
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Today’s studies demonstrate the nutritional and ecological importance of using microbial phytase in the feeding of monogastric animals, such as pigs and poultry. The use of phosphorus containing grain cereals, oats and their by-products is relatively low. Only 20-40% of phosphorus is used by the animal organism, the rest 60-80% is in the form of phytic acid, which can also be called anti nutritional factor.
The aim of this study was to test the effects of the microbial phytase (NATUPHOS) on the performance parameters of weaned piglets in albanian farm condition.
The microbial phytase preparation (Aspergillus niger, NATUPHOS) was supplemented to a basal ration 750 FTU/kg feed and the effects on growth performance of weaned piglets were studied. The supplementation of microbial phytase improved slightly daily weight gain, feed conversion ratio and reduces the amount of inorganic phosphorus needed to maximize growth and bone mineralization and markedly reduces fecal excretion of phosphorus. Overall a positive effect of the microbial phytase on performance parameters was observed.
Keywords: Weaned piglets, microbial phytase, performance parameters, P- reduction