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Table 4 Effects of dietary treatments and sex on body measurementsof cattle

From: Effects of different dietary energy and protein levels and sex on growth performance, carcass characteristics and meat quality of F1 Angus × Chinese Xiangxi yellow cattle

Item   HE LE SEM E P S
   LP HP LE HP     
Start of finishing         
  Chest girth, cm M 144.9 145.7 147.1 147.0 2.00 ns ns ns
F 142.3 143.4 146.5 142.8
  Withers height, cm M 106,2 108.7 108.6 112.6 2.65 ns ns ns
F 106.0 109.8 111.9 109.8
  Shin circumference, cm M 18.4 16.6 17.8 16.1 0.88 ns ns ns
F 15.3 17.8 16.3 15.4
  Body length, cm M 123.9 116.3 122.1 122.2 3.81 ns ns ns
F 119.3 121.1 122.5 118.5
End of finishing         
  Chest girth, cm M 197.4 187.1 182.8 180.0 4.27 * ns ns
F 184.0 192.2 183.7 183.9
  Withers height, cm M 116.4 119.2 118.3 123.3 3.03 ns ns ns
F 118.5 120.8 120.4 119.3
  Shin circumference, cm M 19.9 18.5 19.7 18.2 0.92 ns ns ns
F 17.2 19.3 17.8 17.1
  Body length, cm M 132.8 125.0 130.8 131.6 3.71 ns ns ns
F 127.2 129.5 130.7 127.0
Increment          
  Chest girth, cm M 52.5 41.4 35.8 33.0 4.56 ** ns ns
F 41.7 48.7 37.2 41.1
  Withers height, cm M 10.2 10.4 9.7 10.7 1.48 ns ns ns
F 12.5 11.0 8.5 9.4
  Shin circumference, cm M 1.5 1.9 1.9 2.1 0.21 ns ns ns
F 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.8
  Body length, cm M 8.9 8.7 8.8 9.4 0.34 ns ns **
  F 7.9 8.4 8.2 8.5     
  1. Significance: *(P < 0.05), **(P < 0.01), ns not significant (P > 0.05).
  2. M = male, steer, F = female, heifer, E = energy, P = protein, S = sex.
  3. Effects of interactions between energy,protein levels and sexwere not significant (P > 0.05).