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Table 1 Effects of dietary supplementation with different concentrations of molasses on growth performance, and daily feed and water intake of male Nubian goat kids

From: Effects of dietary supplementation with different concentration of molasses on growth performance, blood metabolites and rumen fermentation indices of Nubian goats

Parameters Groups P- value
M-0 M-30 M-40 M-45 MC MD MC×MD
Initial BW (kg) 10.0 ± 0.8 10.3 ± 0.7 10.6 ± 0.7 9.6 ± 0.6 NS
Final BW (kg) 10.4 b ± 0.8 10.9 a ± 0.8 11.4 a ± 0.9 9.9 c ± 0.6 ***
BWG (kg) 0.4 b ± 0.2 0.6 a ± 0.2 0.8 c ± 0.3 0.4 b ± 0.1 ***
ADG (kg/day) 0.06 b ± 0.02 0.1 a ± 0.02 0.11a ± 0.04 0.05 b ± 0.02 ***
FCR 16.2 a ± 0.3 11.3 b ± 0.7 10.8 b ± 0.3 23.8 a ± 0.6 **
DFI (kg) 0.969 c ± 281 1.126 b ± 250 1.186 a ± 315 1.187 a ± 174 ** NS NS
DWI (Litre) 1.298 b ± 492 1.153 b ± 363 1.605 a ± 575 0.981 c ± 273 *** * NS
  1. a, b, c Means ± SD within the same row bearing different superscripts are significantly different at *P < 0.05, **P < 0.01, ***P < 0.0001
  2. NS Not significant, SD Standard deviation, BW Body weight, BWG Body weight gain, ADG Average daily gain, FCR Feed conservation ratio, DFI Daily feed intake, DWI Daily water intake, MC molasses concentration, MD the duration of dietary molasses supplementation, ML×MD the interaction between molasses concentration and the duration of dietary molasses supplementation, M-0 (0% molasses), M-30 (30% molasses), M-40 (40% molasses) and M-45 (45% molasses)