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Table 7 Effects of dietary treatments and sex on carcass measurements of 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 LP HP     
Carcass length, cm M 137.0 127.5 131.8 135.0 3.18 ns ns ns
F 128.0 136.3 133.7 132.5
Chest depth, cm M 70.3 67.9 66.9 68.0 1.31 ns ns *
F 64.2 68.0 64.9 66.8
Maximum leg, cm M 73.4 72.2 73.0 73.6 1.64 ns ns *
F 66.8 71.0 71.6 70.9
Leg length, cm M 62.9 62.8 63.9 64.3 1.57 ns ns ns
F 61.8 63.3 63.6 62.5
Leg lean thickness, cm M 10.2 11.2 10.4 9.7 0.40 ** ns ns
F 10.4 10.9 9.3 9.4
Loin lean thickness, cm M 6.0 6.1 6.8 6.0 0.34 ns ns ns
F 6.0 7.0 5.9 6.4
Rib lean thickness, cm M 4.4ab 5.0ab 4.1b 4.0ab 0.29 ** ns **
  F 5.0ab 5.8a 5.0ab 4.8b     
  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 level and sex were not significant (P > 0.05).
  4. abMeans within same row with the same superscript letter are not significantly different (P > 0.05).