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Table 4 Effects of supplementing branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) to the diets of sows on body weights of sows and piglets as well as their weight changes during lactation

From: Dietary supplementation with branched-chain amino acids enhances milk production by lactating sows and the growth of suckling piglets

Variable Control 1.535% BCAA 3.07% BCAA Pooled SEM P-value
d 0 d 3 d 15 d 29 d 0 d 3 d 15 d 29 d 0 d 3 d 15 d 29 Treatment Day T × D1
Sow BW, kg 187 184 173 161 185 182 175 169 187 185 183 181 9.1 0.198 0.01 0.791
Piglet BW, kg 1.40 1.84 4.34 9.54 1.41 1.94 5.05 11.5 1.42 2.03 5.34 12.9 0.10 <  0.001 <  0.01 <  0.01
  d 0–3 d 3–15 d 15–29 d 0–29 d 0–3 d 3–15 d 15–29 d 0–29 d 0–3 d 3–15 d 15–29 d 0–29   
ADG of piglets, g/d 147 208 371 281 177 259 460 348 203 276 540 396 6.7 <  0.001 <  0.01 <  0.01
BW loss of sows, kg 3.4 11.1 11.7 26.2 3.3 7.4 6.0 16.7 1.3 2.5 2.2 6.0 0.98 <  0.001 <  0.01 <  0.01
  1. Values are means with pooled SEM, n = 10 sows/treatment group. See Table 5 for the number of piglets on d 3, 15 and 29 of lactation.
  2. Data were analyzed by two-way ANOVA.
  3. 1Treatment (T), Day (D), and Treatment × Day (T × D) interaction