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Table 2 Least square means (LSM) of average daily gain, body conformation, condition score and liveweight in Spirulina supplemented crossbred lambs

From: Effect of dietary supplementation with Spirulina on the expressions of AANAT, ADRB3, BTG2 and FASN genes in the subcutaneous adipose and Longissimus dorsi muscle tissues of purebred and crossbred Australian sheep

  Spirulina Breed Sex P values
  Control Low High BS WS D M W E Spirulina Breed Sex
CG (cm) 95.0 95.6 96.1 99.0a 94.4b 93.8b 95.0b 96.2a 94.9b 0.376ns 0.001*** 0.034*
WH (cm) 62.9 62.7 63.1 63.6a 62.8a 63.5a 61.6b 63.4a 62.4b 0.669ns 0.001*** 0.009**
BL (cm) 65.7b 66.6a 66.8a 68.8a 67.0b 66.9b 62.6c 66.5 66.2 0.015* 0.001*** 0.269ns
BCS (0–5) 3.2b 3.3b 3.4a 3.7a 3.3b 3.2b 3.1c 3.3 3.3 0.001*** 0.001*** 0.346ns
BWT (kg) 40.6b 41.9a 40.8b 46.3a 42.9b 41.8b 33.5c 42.1a 40.1b 0.018** 0.001*** 0.001***
ADG (kg/d) 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.759ns 0.502ns 0.605
  1. BS = Black Suffolk, WS = White Suffolk, D = Dorset, M = Merino, W = Wethers, E = Ewes.
  2. Column means within a fixed effect bearing different superscripts significantly differ (P < 0.05). Chest girth (CG), withers height (WH), body length (BL), body condition score (BCS), body weight (BWT), and average daily weight gain (ADG). Level of significance: ns not significant (P > 0.05), * significant (P < 0.05), ** highly significant (P < 0.01), and *** very highly significant (P < 0.001).