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Effect of L-carnitine diets on performance and blood metabolites in sows
E. R. Grela 1  
,   A. Czech 2,   R. Chachaj 3
 
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Agricultural University of Lublin, Institute of Animal Nutrition, Akademicka 13, 20-934 Lublin, Poland
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Agricultural University of Lublin, Department of Biochemistry and Toxicology, Akademicka 13, 20-934 Lublin, Poland
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Lohmann Animal Heath, Cicha 24, 00-324 Warszawa, Poland
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E. R. Grela   

Agricultural University of Lublin, Institute of Animal Nutrition, Akademicka 13, 20-934 Lublin, Poland
Publication date: 2005-06-21
 
J. Anim. Feed Sci. 2005;14(Suppl. 1):349–352
 
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Forty-seven multiparous sows were divided into two groups: control (24) and experimental (23). The sows in the experimental group received a supplement of 50 mg L-carnitine per 1 kg of the diet during pregnancy and lactation. Blood samples were obtained from 8 sows of each group on the 21 and 110 day of pregnancy and 21 day of lactation. Glucose, total protein and cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol and triglycerides (TG) were determined. The results showed that the addition of L-carnitine to the diet significantly contributed to increasing in the piglets’ weaning weight at 21 days of age and the level of HDL-cholesterol, as well as decreasing piglet losses and TG content in blood plasma.
ISSN:1230-1388