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Table 4 Effects of meal frequency on the apparent total tract digestibility of nutrients in gilts1,2,3

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

Items T1 T2 T6 P-value
DM, % 90.8 ± 0.013 89.8 ± 0.003 90.0 ± 0.004 0.953
CP, % 91.0 ± 0.013 89.0 ± 0.013 87.9 ± 0.023 0.879
EE, % 80.5 ± 0.027 80.3 ± 0.016 77.0 ± 0.020 0.478
Ash, % 42.7 ± 0.048 47.6 ± 0.019 46.6 ± 0.020 0.529
NDF, % 65.2 ± 0.038a 57.7 ± 0.022ab 54.4 ± 0.021b 0.042
Gross energy, % 92.6 ± 0.008 90.8 ± 0.005 90.7 ± 0.003 0.065
  1. 1Results are presented as means ± SEMs. n = 8
  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