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Table 5 Effects of feeding HMB to sows during lactation on skeletal muscle composition of the offspring

From: Transfer of β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate from sows to their offspring and its impact on muscle fiber type transformation and performance in pigs

  CON HMB SEMa P value
Weaning pigs     
 Body weight, kg 7.83 7.98 0.27 0.705
 LD weight, g 127.2 130.7 9.0 0.792
Finishing pigs
 Body weight, kg 106.8 114.0 1.2 0.002
 Carcass weight, kg 77.8 83.8 0.9 0.001
 LD weight, kg 3.02 3.27 0.09 0.065
 Lean meat, % 63.05 66.25 1.09 0.067
 Bone, % 10.67 10.66 0.45 0.983
 SCAT, % 20.01 16.21 1.19 0.051
 Skin, % 6.27 6.88 0.23 0.100
  1. LD longissimus dorsi, SCAT subcutaneous adipose tissue, CON control, HMB β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate
  2. aPooled standard error of the mean (n = 6/treatment)