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Table 3 Effects of meal frequency on growth performance of gilt1,2,3

From: Beneficial effects of a decreased meal frequency on nutrient utilization, secretion of luteinizing hormones and ovarian follicular development in gilts

  T1 T2 T6 P-value
Body weight, kg
 Initial 77.7 ± 0.92 77.9 ± 1.07 77.6 ± 1.63 0.980
 2nd week 86.9 ± 1.19 88.8 ± 1.22 88.3 ± 1.67 0.612
 4th week 100.2 ± 1.50 101.1 ± 1.07 100.3 ± 1.73 0.889
 6th week 110.1 ± 1.46 111.3 ± 1.28 109.7 ± 1.76 0.735
 8th week 120.3 ± 1.35 119.9 ± 1.59 118.0 ± 1.91 0.580
 10th week 128.2 ± 1.20 127.1 ± 1.47 124.7 ± 1.65 0.237
 12th week 137.5 ± 1.24 136.0 ± 1.74 133.0 ± 1.58 0.132
 14th week 146.5 ± 1.43a 143.9 ± 1.85ab 141.6 ± 1.72b 0.042
ADG, g/d
 Week 0–2 763.9 ± 34.44a 901.4 ± 28.01b 896.5 ± 27.32b 0.004
 Week 2–4 832.3 ± 26.18 771.9 ± 30.23 744.3 ± 29.75 0.102
 Week 4–6 703.6 ± 39.87 728.6 ± 32.94 673.8 ± 22.37 0.499
 Week 6–8 727.4 ± 42.80a 611.9 ± 35.34b 592.9 ± 31.77b 0.031
 Week 8–10 567.9 ± 28.73 517.9 ± 28.58 481.0 ± 29.96 0.122
 Week 10–12 662.5 ± 37.88 631.5 ± 40.34 594.6 ± 31.64 0.436
 Week 12–14 642.9 ± 78.89 569.6 ± 64.97 612.5 ± 29.22 0.700
 Week 0–14 701.5 ± 8.73a 673.5 ± 13.03ab 653.4 ± 8.74b 0.009
Backfat thickness, mm
 Initial 10.01 ± 0.41 9.98 ± 0.31 9.94 ± 0.51 0.962
 2nd week 10.45 ± 0.21 10.55 ± 0.35 10.73 ± 0.46 0.846
 4th week 11.73 ± 0.28 11.41 ± 0.29 11.37 ± 0.50 0.758
 6th week 12.70 ± 0.32 11.70 ± 0.60 11.89 ± 0.59 0.356
 8th week 13.94 ± 0.49a 12.08 ± 0.48ab 12.37 ± 0.58b 0.035
 10th week 14.21 ± 0.44 12.83 ± 0.64 12.60 ± 0.64 0.113
 12th week 15.26 ± 0.56 14.44 ± 0.74 13.56 ± 0.64 0.169
 14th week 16.36 ± 0.36 15.72 ± 0.67 15.08 ± 0.65 0.215
  1. 1Results are presented as means ± SEMs. n = 12
  2. 2T1 means gilts fed one meal per day, T2 means gilts fed two meals per day, and T6 means gilts fed six meals per day
  3. 3Different letters a, b denote P < 0.05