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Table 6 Carcass characteristics of Washera sheep fed natural pasture grass hay supplemented with Millettia ferruginea leaf hay

From: Effect of Millettia ferruginea (Birbra) foliage supplementation on feed intake, digestibility, body weight change and carcass characterstics of Washera sheep fed natural pasture grass hay basal diet

Parameters Treatments
T1 T2 T3 T4 SEM
Slaughter weight (kg) 18.3 17.6 18.2 17.7 0.82
Empty body weight (kg) 12.2 11.9 12.3 12.3 0.51
Hot carcass weight (kg) 5.8 5.7 5.9 6.0 0.24
Dressing percentage      
Empty body weight basis 47.4b 47.8b 48.0ab 48.9a 1.23
Slaughter body weight basis 31.7b 32.4ab 32.4ab 33.9a 0.83
Total edible offal (kg) 2.6 2.4 2.6 2.7 0.15
Total non edible offal (kg) 9.9 9.5 9.7 9.0 0.61
Total useable product weight (kg) 10.8 10.5 10.7 10.8 0.45
Rib eye area (cm2) 7.3 7.9 7.3 6.6 0.64
  1. a,bMeans within a row with different superscripts differ significantly (P < 0.05); SEM = standard error of the mean; MFLH = Millettia ferruginea leaf hay; T1 = sole natural pasture grass hay fed ad libitum; T2 = 150 g MFLH + natural pasture grass hay fed ad libitum; T3 = 300 g MFLH + natural pasture grass hay fed ad libitum; T4 = 450 g MFLH + natural pasture grass hay fed ad libitum.