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Fresh or dehydrated spineless cactus in diets for lambs/Palma forrageira in natura ou desidratada na dieta de ovinos.


Production of small ruminants in the Brazilian semi-arid region is based on the vegetation of the caatinga biome as a staple food. In this ecosystem, plants are adapted to seasonal changes in rainfall and have developed mechanisms to reduce water shortage, such as leaf shedding. Thus, during the dry season, the amount of grazable biomass is dramatically reduced and the flocks are affected by forage scarcity (Santos, Lira et al., 2010; Pereira Filho, Silva, & Cezar, 2013).

Some alternatives have been suggested to minimize the impact of variation in forage allowance on flocks, namely, forage conservation and use of forage adapted to semi-arid areas (Ferreira, Silva, Bispo, & Azevedo, 2009). The spineless cactus occupies a prominent position due to its productivity, nutritional value and distribution in the Brazilian semi-arid. Batista et al. (2003) reported 12% average dry matter (DM); 81.4% organic matter (OM), 6.2% crude protein (CP), 2.1% ether extract (EE), 26.9% neutral detergent fiber (NDF), 16% acid detergent fiber (ADF), 66.2% total digestible nutrients (TDN) for spineless cacti of the genera Opuntia and Nopalea.

Spineless cactus can preserve its nutritional value over a long period; it can be harvested or left in the field for up to four years without impairing its quality and yield. However, the emergence of pests, such as carmine cochineal (Dactylopius sp.), can demand harvesting as soon as possible in order to help to control or prevent the spread of insects. This surplus, if kept moist, is perishable and has a life of 16 days (Santos et al., 1998). Another aspect to be mentioned is transport. Currently, there are farmers who grow spineless cactus for marketing and logistics for commercialization represents an obstacle due to great weight of the material and low nutrient density. Therefore, dehydration of spineless cactus can help control cochineal and reduce freight costs per unit of dry matter shipped.

Some studies have been conducted to investigate the effects of dehydrated spineless cactus or meal replacing corn in the diet for sheep and the results indicate that, at high levels, dehydrated spineless cactus results in reduced intake, digestibility, performance and carcass characteristics of sheep (Veras, Ferreira, Cavalcanti et al., 2005; Veras, Ferreira, Veras et al., 2005; Santos et al., 2011). Nonetheless, the dehydrated spineless cactus has not been tested when combined with a dehydrated forage, like hay, for example.

The replacement of Tifton hay with spineless cactus (fresh or dehdyrated) also reduces the neutral detergent fiber content in diets and enables the analysis of the effect of low fiber diets on sheep performance.

Thus, the goal was to evaluate the effect of partial or total replacement of Tifton 85 hay with fresh or dehydrated spineless cactus on performance and body weight components of sheep.

Material and methods

Thirty hair intact lambs, without defined breed, with 19 kg [+ or -] 0.35 kg initial weight, 240 days initial age, were kept in individual folds of 2.0 x 1.1 m, equipped with wooden trough at the ground level and bucket drinker, cement floor and wooden divisions.

The experimental diets were prepared to provide a daily weight gain of 150 g [day.sup.-1]. Diets consisted of Tifton 85 hay mixed with the concentrate (HA), Tifton 85 hay + dehydrated spineless cactus mixed with the concentrate (HADC), Tifton 85 hay + fresh spineless cactus mixed with the concentrate (HAFC), dehydrated spineless cactus mixed with the concentrate (DC) and fresh spineless cactus mixed with the concentrate (FC). We used spineless cactus (Nopalea cochenillifera Salm-Dyck), fresh and dehydrated, Tifton 85 grass hay (Cynodon spp.), soybean meal (Glycine max (L.), urea, mineral salt and limestone. It was used urea with ammonium sulfate at a ratio of 9: 1 (Table 1 and 2).

Spineless cactus was acquired in the region of Lagoa de Itaenga, State of Pernambuco, and stored in the sheep shed. For the manufacture of dehydrated spineless cactus, fresh spineless cactus was daily chopped with a knife, placed on plastic canvas on the ground and exposed to the sun for 24 hours. After, the partially dehydrated material was triturated in a mincer (JK 500 TRAPP[R]) and taken to be dried at 60[degrees]C for 24 hours in an oven with forced air circulation. Subsequently, dehydrated palm was crushed in shredder (ES 500-550 TRAPP[R]) to achieve homogeneous particle size (3-5 cm), facilitating the mixture with the other ingredients of the feed.

The experimental period lasted 75 days, 15 for adaptation of animals. During the adaptation period, all animals received a diet composed by Tifton hay as roughage. During the experimental period, feeding was performed in the form of complete feed, at 08h00min and 15h00min, allowing leftovers around 10%. The amounts of food supplied and leftovers were weighed daily and intake was adjusted every other day. Water was given ad libitum, and its intake was measured every 15 days, with corrections for evaporation.

The voluntary intake of dry matter and different nutrients was calculated by the difference between the amounts offered and refused. In the last experimental week, the digestibility of dry matter and nutrients was evaluated for 72 hours, using total feces collection with collection bags.

During the experimental period, samples of foods and diet provided, and the leftovers were taken weekly to calculate the consumption of nutrients. In the period for determining the digestibility, foods, leftovers and feces were daily sampled and immediately dried in an oven with forced air circulation at 55[degrees]C, ground and packed in plastic bags previously identified and stored at -20[degrees]C for subsequent determination of chemical composition.

Determinations were made for dry matter (DM), mineral matter (MM), crude protein (CP), ether extract (EE), neutral detergent fiber (NDF), acid detergent fiber (ADF), total carbohydrates (CHOT) and non-fiber carbohydrates (NFC). To estimate the total digestible nutrients (TDN), we used the following equation TDN = CPD + EED*2.25 + NFCD +NDFcpD, in which CPD = (ingested CP - feces CP), EED = (ingested EE - feces EE), NFCD = (NFC ingested - NFC feces) and NDFcpD = (ingested NDFcp - feces NDFcp) (Silva & Queiroz, 2002).

At the end of the experiment, animals were weighed to obtain the final body weight (BW), and after fasting for 16 hours, were reweighed to obtain the slaughter weight (SW). After weighing, animals were stunned by cerebral concussion and exsanguinated. Then, animals were skinned; paws and head were removed. Evisceration was performed to obtain the whole carcass and to record hot carcass weight with kidney and pelvic-renal fat (HCWkf). In this process, we weighed blood, carcass, skin, paws and head. They were considered as non-carcass components: heart, liver, kidneys, rumen, reticulum, omasum, abomasum, small intestine, large intestine, blood and skin.

Subsequently, the carcasses were taken to the cold room at temperatures between 2 and 4[degrees]C for 24 hours, to be cooled with the tarsal-metatarsal joints spaced apart by the hooks. At the end of this period, the weight of the cold carcass with kidneys and fat (CCWkf) was written down, thus allowing the calculation of cooling losses (CL = [HCWkfCCWkf]*100). Kidneys and pelvic-renal fat of the cold carcass were removed and weighed, whose values were subtracted from HCWkf and CCWkf to determine, respectively, the hot (HCW) and cold (CCW) carcass weight and cold carcass yield (CCY (%) CCW / HCW x 100) (Cezar & Sousa, 2007).

After the removal of tails, carcasses were divided lengthwise and the left half-carcass was sectioned into for anatomical parts (leg, shoulder, loin, ribs). The individual weight of each cut consisting of the cuts made in the left half carcass was recorded to calculate the ratio in relation to the sum of the half carcass, thus obtaining the commercial yield of the carcass cut. The loin eye area was measured in the in the longissimus dorsi muscle by sectioning the halfcarcass between the 12nd and 13rd ribs. Fat thickness was also measured in this region with a caliper.

The experimental design was completely randomized, with five treatments and six replications. Analyses of variance were run using the model: Yij = [mu] + Ti + eij, where: Yij = observation regarding the animal j receiving treatment i; [mu] = overall mean of each variable; Ti = effect of treatment i, i = 1..., 5; eij = random error associated with observation Yij. After analysis of variance, means were tested by Tukey's test at 5% probability, using the software Statistical Analysis System (SAS, 2001).

Results and discussion

Treatments had a significant effect (p > 0.05) on the intake of dry matter, expressed as g [day.sup.-1] and as %BW (Table 3).

Diets of dehydrated spineless cactus and dehydrated spineless cactus + Tifton 85 hay promoted greater intake (p < 0.05) of dry matter (DMI). It can be inferred that the higher content of dry matter (88.20% DM for HADC and 88.25% DM for DC) and the highest passage rates, caused by high ruminal degradability of spineless cactus (Batista et al., 2009) were possibly responsible for considerable increases in CMS.

The diet consisting of fresh spineless cactus mixed with the concentrate (FC) propitiated the lowest dry matter intake. Probably, the high production of gas during fermentation promoted ruminal distension and therefore drop in DMI (Santos, Batista et al., 2010). However, mucopolysaccharides present in fresh spineless cactus may have increased the viscosity of rumen liquid and impeded the coalescence of gas bubbles produced during fermentation (Saenz, Sepulveda, & Matsuhiro, 2004) causing ruminal distension.

The diet HADC had higher (p < 0.05) CPI (g [day.sup.-1]) than the FC diet. Although isonitrogenous, the HADC diet showed higher CPI than the FC diet, probably due to the increased DMI of the diet containing hay. The association of hay with cacti seems to favor the DMI and CPI by small ruminants (Tegegne, Kijora, & Peters, 2007; Vieira et al., 2008).

Regarding TDNI (g [day.sup.-1]), the diet DC led to the intake of 672 g [day.sup.-1], which did not differ (p > 0.05) from 619 g [day.sup.-1] observed in animals fed HADC diet. Lower TDNI ([day.sup.-1]) (p > 0.05) were observed in diets HA and FC.

The diet based on dehydrated spineless cactus (DC) promoted the highest (p <0.05) voluntary intake of water by the animals (Table 3), while the lower intake was found in animals fed diets comprised of hay + fresh spineless cactus (HAFC) or fresh spineless cactus (FC). The voluntary intake of water in the DC diet was possibly associated with increased dry matter intake observed with this diet and also due to the high content of mineral matter of dehydrated spineless cactus (19.2% MM). The consumption of fresh spineless cactus results in reduced voluntary water intake (Bispo et al., 2007), given the high amount of water in the fresh spineless cactus.

The percentaged of fecal dry matter were 38.5; 27.6; 27.2; 20.4 and 33.0% for treatments hay (HA), hay + dehydrated spineless cactus (HADC), hay + fresh spineless cactus (HAFC), dehydrated spineless cactus (DC) and spineless cactus (FC), respectively, with higher values (p <0.05) in HA and lower in DC. This observation indicates that it is not the presence of water in the spineless cactus which causes watery feces because the DC diet showed less content of fecal dry matter that the FC diet, even with higher levels of dietary dry matter of that diet in relation to this one (Table 2). Therefore, it is possible that organic acids and minerals, especially oxalate, present in spineless cactus increase the osmolality of the intestinal digesta increasing water excretion via feces (Waal, Zeeman, & Combrinck, 2006; Batista et al., 2009).

The final body weight and the total weight gain and average daily gain were similar (p > 0.05) between all treatments (Table 4). The average daily weight gain ranged from 94 to 142 g [day.sup.-1] and was positively correlated with TDN intake (r = 0.80252, p < 0.0001).

Cold carcass weights were higher (p < 0.05) for animals fed HADC and DC when compared to HA. Differences in energy intake (TDN), higher for animals fed dehydrated spineless cactus, have been reflected in the deposition of tissue in the carcass of sheep and favored the gain in carcass of these animals (Piola Junior et al., 2009; Pereira et al., 2010). This inference is supported by the values of loin eye area, which were higher in animals fed DC and HADC than those fed HA.

Carcass yield was lower (44.9%) for animals fed HA. Probably, the lowest carcass weight and the content of the gastrointestinal tract (CTGI) resulted in lower carcass yield in this treatment (Table 4). Animals fed DC or FC had lower CTGI and higher carcass yield. Differences observed for CTGI depend on the NDF intake, since diets containing higher percentage of NDF increase food residence time in the gastrointestinal tract (Muniz et al., 2012), even after fasting imposed to animals before slaughter.

Cooling losses were 3.66%, with no differences between treatments (p > 0.05). It is likely that this loss is associated with reduced fat thickness, 1.26mm [+ or -] 0.16 mm, in the carcass of animals. Admittedly, hair sheep exhibit low subcutaneous fat deposition, however, these animals accumulate large amounts of internal fat (Medeiros et al., 2011). Although there was no effect (p > 0.05) of treatments on the deposition of internal fat, we observed mean values of 334.4 g [+ or -] 27.8 g, or 2.7%, of cold carcass weight of animals slaughtered.

Weight values of meat cuts were influenced (p < 0.05) by the diets, they were heavier for sheep fed dehydrated spineless cactus (DC) or hay + dehydrated spineless cactus (HADC). Meat cuts (kg) showed high positive correlation with the weight of cold carcass, so that variations in the cold carcass weight are reflected in the weight of the cuts (Table 5).

When corrected to body weight, meat cuts (% BW) showed no differences between treatments. Given the similarity between weight and physiological stages of slaughtered animals, it was not possible to identify differences in the regional composition of sheep carcass (Azeredo et al., 2005).

Non-carcass components (kg; % BW) were influenced (p < 0.05) by different diets, with higher values found for diets containing dehydrated spineless cactus (DC) and hay + dehydrated spineless cactus (HADC). The weight of liver, skin and intestine were greater for animals fed DC and HADC, probably due to the higher TDNI (g [day.sup.-1]) of these diets.

Non-carcass components (% BW) showed greater proportions (p < 0.05) of liver and large intestine in sheep fed DC. Probably, the greater dry matter intake of the DC diet (Table 3) accounted for the greater proportions of liver observed. Considering the large intestine, the highest passage rate of DC associated with increased osmolality of the intestinal digesta promoted adaptive distention of the cecum-colon and increased fermentation rate in these compartments, culminating in a higher proportion of the large intestine relative to body weight (Lewis & Dehority, 1985; Fontenele et al., 2010).


Partial or total replacement of Tifton 85 hay with fresh or dehydrated spineless cactus, in complete diets for sheep, increases the weight of the cold carcass and non-carcass components.

The water content of spineless cactus is not responsible for the watery stools observed in animals fed high levels of this plant.

Doi: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v38i2.29329


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Received on September 29, 2015.

Accepted on November 5, 2015.

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Solano Felipe Just de Andrade (1), Angela Maria Vieira Batista (1), Francisco Fernando Ramos de Carvalho (1), Rodrigo Barros de Lucena (2), Rafael de Paula Xavier de Andrade (3) and Dorgival Morais de Lima Junior (4) *

(1) Departamento de Zootecnia, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. (2) Instituto Federal de Pernambuco, Barreiros, Pernambuco, Brazil. (3) Universidade Federal do Sul e Sudeste do Para, Xinguara, Para, Brazil. (4) Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Av. Manoel Severino Barbosa, s/n., 57309-005, Arapiraca, Alagoas, Brazil. * Author for correspondence. E-mail:
Table 1. Chemical composition, in percentage of dry matter, price of
ingredients of the experimental diets.

                        Fresh      Dehydrated   Tifton 85    Soybean
                      spineless    spineless       hay         meal
                        cactus       cactus

Dry matter (%)           7.3          82.2         84.5        80.6
Organic matter (%)       81.5         80.8         92.6        84.6
Crude protein (%)        8.0          8.0          10.4        47.6
Ether extract (%)        1.0          0.9          0.7         0.7
NDF (%) (1)              27.2         25.1         76.7        28.9
NFC (%) (1)              45.4         46.7         4.7         7.4
Mineral matter (%)       18.5         19.2         7.4         15.3
Ca (%)                   2.3          2.3          0.4         0.3
P (%)                    0.2          0.2          0.2         0.6

                       Urea    Limestone   Mineral

Dry matter (%)         98.0      99.0        99.0
Organic matter (%)      --        --          --
Crude protein (%)     281.0       --          --
Ether extract (%)       --        --          --
NDF (%) (1)             --        --          --
NFC (%) (1)             --        --          --
Mineral matter (%)      --        --          --
Ca (%)                  --       37.5        12.0
P (%)                   --        --         9.0

(1) NDF: neutral detergent fiber; NFC: non-fiber carbohydrates.

Source: elaborated by author.

Table 2. Participation of ingredients, chemical composition, in
percentage of dry matter, and price of the experimental diets.

Ingredient                                     Diet (%)

                                HA     HADC    HAFC     DC      FC

Tifton 85 hay                  75.5    37.7    37.7     --      --
Fresh spineless cactus          --      --     37.17    --     74.2
Dehydrated spineless cactus     --     37.17    --     74.2     --
Soybean meal                   23.0    23.0    23.0    23.0    23.0
Urea + Ammonium sulfate         --     0.63    0.63     1.3     1.3
Limestone                       1.0     1.0     1.0     1.0     1.0
Mineral                        0.50    0.50    0.50    0.50    0.50
Total                          100.0   100.0   100.0   100.0   100.0

Chemical composition (%)

Dry matter                     88.1    88.2    22.6    88.2    12.9
Crude protein                  16.4    16.3    16.3    16.3    16.3
Total digestible nutrients     67.7    70.2    79.8    75.9    81.8
Neutral detergent fiber        62.1    44.5    44.5    26.9    26.9
Non-fiber carbohydrates        10.3    31.6    31.6    52.9    52.9
Ether extract                   1.6     1.7     1.7     1.8     1.8
Ca                             0.83     1.5     1.5     2.2     2.2
P                              0.31    0.33    0.33    0.35    0.35

Source: elaborated by author.

Table 3. Intake of dry matter, nutrients and water in sheep fed diets
containing fresh or dehydrated spineless cactus replacing Tifton 85


Nutrient intake              HA        HADC       HAFC      DC
Dry matter
g [day.sup.-1]             658ab      885a      748ab      890a
% BW                       2.96b      3.81a     3.27b     3.82a
Crude protein
g [day.sup.-1]             138ab      165a      139ab     134ab
% BW                        0.62       0.71      0.62      0.57
Neutral detergent fiber
g [day.sup.-1]              409a       383a      330a      225b
% BW                       1.83a      1.65a     1.43b     0.97c

Total Digestible Nutrients

g [day.sup.-1]              446b       619a     567ab      673a
% BW                       2.23c     2.97ab     3.18a     3.27a
Voluntary intake
(kg [day.sup.-1])          2.22c     3.47b     0.57d     4.13a
Diet (kg [day.sup.-1])     0.11c     0.16c     4.03b     0.17c
Total (kg [day.sup.-1])    2.33c     3.63b     4.60b     4.30b


Nutrient intake              FC      SEM (#)    P-value
Dry matter
g [day.sup.-1]              607b      0.064      0.0121
% BW                       2.83b      0.208      0.0154
Crude protein
g [day.sup.-1]              114b      0.011      0.0190
% BW                        0.53      0.042      0.0712
Neutral detergent fiber
g [day.sup.-1]              165b      0.036      0.0003
% BW                       0.77c      0.127     <0.0001

Total Digestible Nutrients

g [day.sup.-1]              443b      19.52      0.0121
% BW                       2.65bc     10.03      0.0154
Voluntary intake
(kg [day.sup.-1])           0.52d      0.44     <0.0001
Diet (kg [day.sup.-1])      5.57a      0.76     <0.0001
Total (kg [day.sup.-1])     6.09a      0.52      0.0016

Different letters in the same row indicate significant differences (p
< 0.05) by Tukey s test. (#) Standard error of the mean.

Source: elaborated by author.

Table 4. Performance of sheep fed diets containing fresh or dehydrated
spineless replacing Tifton hay.

                                   HA       HADC      HAFC       DC

Initial body weight (kg)          19.1      18.9      19.0      19.1
Final body weight (kg)            25.0      27.4      26.2      27.2
Weight gain
Total (kg)                         5.9       8.5       7.2       8.2
Average daily (g [day.sup.-1])    98.5      141.8     119.8     136.3
Hot carcass weight (kg)           10.7b     13.6a     12.9a     14.4a
Cold carcass height (kg)          10.4b     13.2a    12.4 ab    13.9a
Cooling losses (%)                 3.9       3.0       3.8       3.8
TGI content (kg)                  1.5a      1.5a      1.5a      1.2ab
Carcass yield (%)                 44.9b     49.3a     49.9a     51.7a
Loin eye area ([cm.sup.2])        10.4b     13.5a    11.2ab     13.9a
Fat thickness (mm)                 1.0       1.3       1.2       1.5
Internal fat (g)                   273       355       275       406
Feed conversion                    8.4       7.5       8.2       7.3

                                   FC      SEM (#)    P-value

Initial body weight (kg)          18.8      0.35       0.994
Final body weight (kg)            23.2      0.67       0.546
Weight gain
Total (kg)                         5.6      0.45       0.165
Average daily (g [day.sup.-1])    93.8      7.56       0.163
Hot carcass weight (kg)           13.2a     0.36       0.007
Cold carcass height (kg)         12.8ab     0.35       0.009
Cooling losses (%)                 3.8      0.25       0.733
TGI content (kg)                  1.0b      0.07       0.050
Carcass yield (%)                 51.8a     0.63     < 0.0001
Loin eye area ([cm.sup.2])       11.3 ab    0.40       0.010
Fat thickness (mm)                 1.3      0.16       0.947
Internal fat (g)                   363      27.8       0.485
Feed conversion                    7.6      0.55       0.521

Different letters in the same row indicate significant differences
(p < 0.05) by Tukey's test. (#) Standard error of the mean.

Source: elaborated by author.

Table 5. Meat cuts and non-carcass components of sheep fed diets
containing fresh or dehydrated spineless replacing Tifton hay.


                     HA        HADC     HAFC        DC
Carcass cuts (kg)
Leg                 1.59b     2.05a    1.96ab     2.10a
Shoulder            0.99b     1.23a    1.20ab     1.26a
Loin                0.48b     0.65a    0.60ab     0.66a
Rib                 0.89b     1.15a    1.05ab     1.21a

Carcass cuts (% BW)

Leg                  31.0       31.0       31.6       30.3
Shoulder             19.3       18.7       19.3       18.2
Loin                 9.1        9.8        9.6        9.3
Rib                  17.1       17.5       16.9       17.4

Non-carcass components (kg)

Skin                1.55b      2.33a     2.12ab      2.63a
Blood                1.11       1.29       1.23       1.43
Liver               0.36b     0.48ab      0.41b      0.58a
Kidney              0.07b      0.10a     0.09ab      0.10a
Heart                0.12       0.14       0.14       0.14
Rumem                0.49       0.56       0.51       0.55
Reticulum            0.08       0.12       0.10       0.11
Omasum               0.05       0.07       0.06       0.06
Abomasum             0.11       0.13       0.14       0.14
Small intestine     0.53b     0.62ab     0.57ab      0.70a
Large intestine     0.25b     0.29ab      0.26b      0.36a

Non-carcass components (% BW)

Skin                6.21c    8.46 ab     8.07bc     9.67ab
Blood                4.46       4.64       4.65       5.28
Liver               1.43c    1.57 bc      1.72b      2.13a
Kidney               0.30       0.35       0.36       0.36
Heart                0.47       0.51       0.53       0.51
Rumem                1.97       1.93       2.03       2.01
Reticulum            0.34       0.43       0.38       0.41
Omasum               0.22       0.22       0.25       0.22
Abomasum             0.47       0.48       0.51       0.52
Small intestine      2.14       2.24       2.16       2.58
Large intestine     1.01b      1.04b      1.00b      1.31a


                      FC      SEM (#)    P-value
Carcass cuts (kg)
Leg                1.86ab     0.049      0.0030
Shoulder           1.14ab     0.028      0.0084
Loin               0.55ab     0.021      0.0501
Rib                0.99ab     0.036      0.0503

Carcass cuts (% BW)

Leg                  31.0      0.243      0.5268
Shoulder             18.9      0.166      0.1440
Loin                  9.0      0.173      0.6699
Rib                  16.9      0.219      0.8937

Non-carcass components (kg)

Skin               2.23ab      0.097      0.0016
Blood                1.17      0.051      0.4003
Liver               0.40b      0.020      0.0015
Kidney             0.08ab      3.078      0.0210
Heart                0.12      4.505      0.4059
Rumem                0.49      0.017      0.6310
Reticulum            0.09      0.004      0.1126
Omasum               0.06      0.002      0.4388
Abomasum             0.12      0.005      0.4950
Small intestine      0.53b     0.021      0.0501
Large intestine     0.29ab     0.012      0.0378

Non-carcass components (% BW)

Skin                10.06a     0.336      0.0003
Blood                4.92      0.127      0.2762
Liver                1.78b     0.053     <0.0001
Kidney               0.34      0.008      0.0718
Heart                0.53      0.015      0.6449
Rumem                2.05      0.034      0.8260
Reticulum            0.39      0.012      0.1686
Omasum               0.24      0.008      0.4541
Abomasum             0.49      0.014      0.7751
Small intestine      2.21      0.066      0.1853
Large intestine      1.23ab    0.036      0.0060

Different letters in the same row indicate significant differences
(P<0.05) by Tukey's test. (#) Standard error of the mean.

Source: elaborated by author.
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