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Table III.

Daily forage intake (kg·LU−1·d−1), total fat in forage (g·100 g−1 DM), and fatty acids intake (g·LU−1·d−1) by grazing animals depending on the exploited pasture type (Festuca nigrescens (F) and Trifolium alpinum (T) pastures), and on the experimental period (P1 and P2). Vegetation samples collected on d 6 for P1, and on d 18 for P2, the day before exploitation started into experimental paddocks.

F
T
SEM1 Pasture2 Period2
P1 P2 P1 P2
Forage intake (DM) 14.02 18.99 10.16 13.15 2.98 NS NS
Forage fat (DM) 1.61 1.49 1.97 1.85 0.14 * NS
FA intake
12:0 8.66 8.84 1.76 1.92 1.24 ** NS
13:0 1.15 1.17 1.84 2.00 0.20 NS NS
14:0 36.55 37.35 19.82 21.61 3.00 ** NS
15:0 0.83 0.85 15.12 16.49 2.32 *** NS
16:0 48.49 49.55 72.78 79.36 4.71 *** NS
16:1 0.32 0.32 1.17 1.28 0.17 ** NS
17:0 0.68 0.70 5.07 5.53 0.73 *** NS
17:1 5.66 5.79 8.15 8.89 2.23 NS NS
18:0 19.31 19.73 20.85 22.73 0.60 NS NS
18:1 n-9 15.39 15.73 10.72 11.69 0.86 ** NS
18:2 n-6 43.45 44.40 17.37 18.94 5.93 * NS
18:3 n-6 25.40 25.95 8.31 9.07 2.70 *** NS
18:3 n-3 18.77 19.18 17.04 18.58 1.57 NS NS
1

Standard error of the mean.

2

Statistical significance: NS: P > 0.05; *P ≤ 0.05; **P ≤ 0.01; ***P ≤ 0.001.