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Table 5 Hematological evaluation of pigs fed experimental diets

From: Amino acid fortified diets for weanling pigs replacing fish meal and whey protein concentrate: Effects on growth, immune status, and gut health

Items FM-WPC1 FM-AA2 WPC-AA3 AA4 SEM P value
n 8 8 8 8   
Phase 1, d 7       
White blood cell, 103 cell/μL 13.09 12.78 13.81 13.83 1.16 NS5
Red blood cell, 106 cell/μL 6.18 6.14 5.93 6.23 0.28 NS
Hemoglobin, g/dL 10.60 10.64 9.99 10.76 0.64 NS
Hematocrit, % 33.60 34.23 32.56 34.61 1.77 NS
Mean corpuscular volume, fL 54.25 56.11 55.11 55.54 1.79 NS
Mean corpuscular hemoglobin, pg/cell 17.09 17.46 16.93 17.21 0.73 NS
Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, % 31.40 31.03 30.64 30.95 0.40 NS
Red blood cell distribution width, μm 18.13 19.71 20.73 20.80 1.78 NS
Platelet count, /μL 407.9 393.8 346.6 439.6 57.0 NS
Mean platelet volume, fL 10.24 9.84 10.28 10.61 0.44 NS
Neutrophil, 103 cell/μL 4.86 5.78 6.05 6.16 0.65 NS
Lymphocyte, 103 cell/μL 7.13 5.72 6.41 6.50 0.65 NS
Monocyte, 103 cell/μL 0.59A 0.62A 0.91B 0.56A 0.09 0.057
Eosinophil, 103 cell/μL 0.23 0.33 0.41 0.29 0.08 NS
Basophil, 103 cell/μL 0.05 0.08 0.06 0.06 0.04 NS
Phase 2, d 28       
White blood cell, 103 cell/μL 17.99 14.51 18.74 18.46 1.863 NS
Red blood cell, 106 cell/μL 6.01ab 5.93a 5.96a 6.15b 0.09 0.005
Hemoglobin, g/dL 10.05ab 10.27a 9.88b 10.30a 0.08 0.002
Hematocrit, % 31.65 32.11 30.54 32.59 0.73 NS
Mean corpuscular volume, fL 52.96 54.53 51.38 53.04 1.45 NS
Mean corpuscular hemoglobin, pg/cell 16.84 17.43 16.63 16.79 0.50 NS
Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, % 31.75 31.96 32.30 31.63 0.23 NS
Red blood cell distribution width, μm 18.50 19.27 19.90 19.31 1.11 NS
Platelet count, /μL 467.0 453.1 357.6 506.9 60.2 NS
Mean platelet volume, fL 9.75 9.49 9.56 9.81 0.46 NS
Neutrophil, 103 cell/μL 5.79A 5.33A 8.02B 5.95A 1.52 0.082
Lymphocyte, 103 cell/μL 10.15 7.33 8.61 10.42 0.91 NS
Monocyte, 103 cell/μL 1.34 1.02 1.02 1.16 0.18 NS
Eosinophil, 103 cell/μL 0.43 0.37 0.42 0.38 0.06 NS
Basophil, 103 cell/μL 0.11 0.10 0.13 0.12 0.02 NS
  1. 1FM-WPC: a control diet with fish meal and whey protein concentrate.
  2. 2FM-AA: a diet with fish meal and amino acids replacing whey protein concentrate.
  3. 3WPC-AA: a diet with whey protein concentrate and amino acids replacing fish meal.
  4. 4AA: a diet with amino acids replacing both fish meal and whey protein concentrate.
  5. 5NS: not significant (P > 0.10).
  6. A-BMeans lacking a common superscript tend to differ within a row (0.05 ≤ P < 0.1).
  7. a-dMeans lacking a common superscript are differ within a row (P < 0.05).