The study evaluated the effect of various types of forage feeders on the efficiency of forage usage and on the productive and economic response of guinea pig (Cavia porcellus) breeding. A total of 250 weaned male of 15 days of age at the Mantaro valley, Junín, Peru were used in a completely randomized design with five treatments of forage supply and five repetitions per treatment. Each repetition corresponded to a cage with ten guinea pigs. Four forage feeders were evaluated: cylindrical mesh on the floor (CMP), hanging U shaped mesh (MCU), iron grilled with foot on the floor (PFP) and hopper mesh in V shaped (TMV), plus the traditional method with the forage directly on the floor (DSP). The use of feeders improved forage consumption efficiency, total food consumption and benefit cost ratio (p<0.05). MCU was the most promising feeder in terms of forage consumption efficiency, body weight gain, total feed consumption, unit production cost and benefit cost ratio (p<0.05). It is concluded that the use of feeders improves productive and economic parameters, and the best feeder was the hanging U shaped mesh (MCU).
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Revista de Investigaciones Veterinarias del Peru|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2013|