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Table 2 BW 24 h p.n. and IC of piglets within 48 h p.n. depending on farrowing system (mean ± SD)

From: Immunocrit, serum amino acid concentrations and growth performance in light and heavy piglets depending on sow’s farrowing system

  n BW [kg] IC n BW [kg] IC n BW [kg] IC
All sows with piglets sampled for IC
  FC (26 sows) LH (24 sows) GH (25 sows)
Light 45 1.11B ± 0.087 0.148Ba ± 0.034 35 1.16B ± 0.106 0.145Ba ± 0.037 50 1.15B ± 0.111 0.121Bb ± 0.038
Heavy 60 1.80A ± 0.258 0.165Aa ± 0.027 61 1.82A ± 0.275 0.162Aa ± 0.034 48 1.87A ± 0.270 0.146Ab ± 0.038
Total 105 1.50 ± 0.398 0.158a ± 0.032 96 1.58 ± 0.394 0.156a ± 0.030 98 1.51 ± 0.417 0.133b ± 0.040
All sows with piglets sampled for AA
  FC (6 sows) LH (6 sows) GH (6 sows)
Light 8 1.10B ± 0.036 0.133ab ± 0.030 10 1.16B ± 0.104 0.154a ± 0.033 12 1.16B ± 0.112 0.110b ± 0.032
Heavy 16 1.78A ± 0.235 0.155a ± 0.031 14 1.77A ± 0.239 0.153a ± 0.029 12 1.96A ± 0.319 0.124b ± 0.038
Total 24 1.56 ± 0.382 0.148a ± 0.032 24 1.52 ± 0.360 0.153a ± 0.030 24 1.56 ± 0.473 0.117b ± 0.029
  1. FC farrowing crate, LH loose housing, GH group housing, BW body weight [kg], IC immunocrit; light < 1.4 kg, heavy ≥1.4 kg
  2. a.b Values within a row with different superscripts differ significantly at p < 0.05; A.BValues within a column with different superscripts differ significantly at p < 0.05