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Table 5 Effect of essential oils on weanling pig performance, nutrient digestibility and fecal consistency

From: Alternatives to antibiotics as growth promoters for use in swine production: a review

Items Control Antibiotic1 Essential oil SEM
 Weight gain, g/d 442a 505b 493b 15
 Feed intake, g/d 783 846 789 24
 Feed conversion 1.79 1.67 1.62 0.06
 Fecal consistency 1.53a 1.22b 1.30b 0.06
Nutrient digestibility
 Dry matter 84.33a 87.03b 86.92b 0.65
 Crude protein 76.51a 83.53b 81.34b 1.25
  1. Li et al. [55].
  2. 1Chlortetracycline, colistin sulfate and kitasamycin.
  3. a,b Within row, means followed by same or no letter do not differ (P>0.05).