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Table 3 Effect of dietary ratio of n-6:n-3 PUFA on sow and piglets performance

From: Effects of dietary ratio of n-6 to n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on immunoglobulins, cytokines, fatty acid composition, and performance of lactating sows and suckling piglets

Item Dietary n-6:n-3 PUFA ratio SEM P
  3:1 9:1 13:1   
Number of sows 9 10 11 - -
Parity 4.33 4.30 4.54 0.49 0.98
Pigs/litter      
Birth 10.31 9.47 9.68 0.43 0.58
14 d 9.75 9.06 8.14 0.40 0.09
21 d 9.75 8.86 8.05 0.39 0.06
28 d 9.30 8.85 8.07 0.30 0.11
Litter weight (kg)      
At birth 15.08 12.26 13.45 0.55 0.15
14 d 36.26 36.88 32.55 0.93 0.47
28 d 66.93 72.20 63.83 1.20 0.43
Litter weight gain (kg/d)      
D 0 to d 14 1.52 1.77 1.35 0.21 0.10
D 0 to d 28 2.27 2.08 2.02 0.20 0.41
  1. *The means were covariately adjusted, within a row, treatments with unlike superscripts are different (P < 0.05).