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Table 2 Effects of Chinese herbal medicine on body weight gain and ruminal fermentation characteristics in sheep

From: Effects of Chinese herbal medicine on plasma glucose, protein and energy metabolism in sheep

Items MH-diet CHM-diet SEM P-value
BW gain, g/day 16 25 6 0.03
pH 6.99 6.84 0.04 0.02
NH3, mmol/L 10.7 11.2 0.6 0.65
Total VFA, mmol/L 86.2 92.8 3.2 0.05
Acetate, mmol/L 60.5 64.5 2.1 0.04
Propionate, mmol/L 17.2 19.1 0.9 0.35
Iso-butyrate, mmol/L 0.6 0.7 0.01 0.15
Butyrate, mmol/L 6.5 7.2 0.3 0.34
Iso-valerate, mmol/L 0.8 0.9 0.02 0.21
Valerate, mmol/L 0.5 0.5 0.01 0.12
  1. MH-diet = mixed hay of orchardgrass and reed canarygrass; CHM-diet = MH-diet supplemented with 2% of Chinese herbal medicine mixture; SEM = standard error of the mean; BW = body weight; VFA = volatile fatty acids.