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Table 2 DM intake, Feed efficiency, OM and DM digestibility, and weight characteristics of ewes following treated ration consumption in two experimental periods

From: Effects of phosalone consumption via feeding with or without sodium bentonite on performance, blood metabolites and its transition to milk of Iranian Baluchi sheep

Item Period 1 (week 5) SEM Period 2 (week 9) SEM
P1 P2 P3 P4 P1 P2 P3 P4
Feed
 DMI (kg/day) 1.17 1.27 1.20 1.40 0.07 1.32 1.39 1.36 1.40 0.03
 DMI (kg DMI/kg BW) 0.027 0.029 0.027 0.031 0.002 0.030 0.031 0.030 0.030 0.0002
 DMI (kg DMI/kg MW) 0.070 0.074 0.070 0.081 0.004 0.077 0.080 0.078 0.079 0.002
 Feed Efficiency (kg Milk/kg DMI) 0.92 0.83 0.92 0.85 0.08 0.83ab 0.74b 0.85ab 0.98a 0.07
 DM digestibility (%) 66.25 66.16 67.56 67.86 0.55 66.31b 67.07ab 67.15ab 67.56a 0.28
 OM digestibility (%) 68.26ab 67.60b 68.26ab 68.71a 0.26 67.40b 67.94b 68.82a 68.97a 0.29
Weight characteristics
 BW (kg) 43.00 44.42 44.74 44.80 0.87 43.72 45.12 45.58 45.76 0.86
 BW gain (kg/day) 0.002 0.016 0.010 0.007 0.004 0.034 0.033 0.040 0.046 0.004
  1. a,bValues containing different letters in each row are significantly different (P < 0.05)
  2. P1 = control without phosalone and sodium bentonite (SB); P2 = phosalone given at dose of 280 mg/day/ewe; P3 = phosalone (280 mg/ewe/day) and SB (32 g/ewe/day) fed for 63 consecutive days; Treatment P4 = feeding SB with concentration of 32 g/ewe/day