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Table 4 Effects of dietary seaweed-derived polysaccharides (SDP) on growth performance of weaned pigs (Exp. 1)

From: Dietary seaweed-derived polysaccharides improve growth performance of weaned pigs through maintaining intestinal barrier function and modulating gut microbial populations

 Items  CON Dietary SDP, mg/kg P-value 
   200 400 800  
Initial BW, kg 6.77 ± 0.09 6.75 ± 0.08 6.80 ± 0.09 6.87 ± 0.09 0.779
Final BW, kg 12.24 ± 0.18b 12.65 ± 0.26b 13.24 ± 0.13a 13.47 ± 0.17a 0.001
ADFI, g 386.1 ± 5.3 392.3 ± 13.0 409.4 ± 7.7 418.1 ± 13.7 0.150
ADG, g 260.5 ± 7.3b 281.1 ± 10.3b 306.7 ± 4.7a 314.2 ± 5.5a < 0.001
F/G 1.49 ± 0.04b 1.47 ± 0.03b 1.34 ± 0.02a 1.36 ± 0.05a 0.004
Mortality, % 6.67 3.33 1.67 1.67 0.376
  1. ADFI average daily feed intake; ADG average daily gain; F/G feed: gain
  2. n = 6 for each group a,bMean values with unlike superscript letters were significantly different (P<0.05)