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Table 2 Least square means for feed intakes, digestibility, and conversion efficiency of three Ethiopian goat types

From: Growth and carcass characteristics of three Ethiopian indigenous goats fed concentrate at different supplementation levels

Variables Genotype (G) Concentrate level (C)   p value
Bati HH SS L1 L2 SEM G C G × C
DM intake
Concentrate (g/day) 200.4a 196.0ab 179.3b 150.3b 233.5a 8.28 0.02 <0.01 0.88
Hay (g/day) 323.5 344.9 317.5 336.7 320.5 6.20 0.12 0.15 0.78
Total (g/day) 523.8 540.9 496.8 487.1b 553.9a 11.2 0.09 <0.01 0.92
Total (%BW) 2.86b 2.96ab 3.01a 2.82b 3.06a 0.03 0.03 <0.01 0.18
CP intake
Concentrate (g/day) 42.1a 41.1ab 37.6b 31.5b 48.9a 1.74 0.02 <0.01 0.88
Hay (g/day) 26.1 27.7 25.6 27.2 25.8 0.49 0.12 0.15 0.78
Total (g/day) 68.1 68.9 63.2 58.5b 74.8a 1.89 0.05 <0.01 0.96
Total (%BW) 0.37 0.37 0.38 0.34b 0.41a 0.01 0.16 <0.01 0.05
Digestibility (%)
Dry matter 71.7 68.3 69.1 67.3b 72.1a 1.03 0.29 0.01 0.29
Organic matter 72.3 68.9 69.7 67.9b 72.7a 1.02 0.28 0.01 0.29
Crude protein 77.4 74.3 74.6 73.2b 77.6a 0.87 0.18 <0.01 0.23
NDF 67.5 63.8 64.2 63.5 66.8 1.16 0.33 0.14 0.45
ADF 54.9 50.5 51.8 51.4 53.4 1.44 0.43 0.47 0.39
FCR 14.2 10.8 12.8 13.5 11.7 0.62 0.09 0.17 0.79
  1. Least square means in a row with different subscript letter differ significantly (p < 0.05)
  2. HH Hararghe highland goat, SS Short-eared Somali goat, L1 hay + 1 % of body weight concentrate, L2 hay + 1.5 % of body weight concentrate, FCR feed conversion ratio, SEM pooled standard error of mean