Table 3

Main FA categories content (%) in milk of Churra Tensina ewes at the fifth week of lactation, according to forage type1–3
Fatty acid Diet
HAY GRE SE P-value
SFA 57.27 56.46 1.47 0.58
SCFA 11.06 11.07 0.68 0.98
MCFA 10.89 9.12 0.90 0.06
LCFA 35.32 a 36.26 b 0.40 0.03
UFA 36.80 35.90 1.70 0.61
MUFA 31.02 29.92 1.71 0.53
PUFA 5.96 5.75 0.21 0.34
UFA/SFA 0.65 0.64 0.04 0.75
PUFA n-6 2.65 a 2.35 b 0.12 0.02
PUFA n-3 1.84 1.88 0.12 0.83
n-6/n 3 1.49 1.28 0.12 0.10

1Within a row, means without a common superscript differ (P < 0.05). SE is the standard error.

2HAY group: ewes received hay from mountain pastures; GRE group: ewes grazed low mountain pastures.

3SFAs (saturated fatty acids) were calculated as the sum of C4:0 + C6:0 + C8:0 + C10:0 + C12:0 + C14:0 + C16:0 + C17:0 + C18:0 + C20:0 + C22:0 + C24:0; SCFAs (short-chain fatty acids) were calculated as the sum of C4:0 + C6:0 + C8:0 + C10:0; MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids) were calculates as the sum of C12:0 + C14:0; LCFAs (long-chain fatty acids) were calculated as the sum of C16:0 + C18:0 + C20:0 + C22:0 + C24:0; UFAs (unsaturated fatty acids) were calculated as the sum of MUFA + PUFA; MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids) were calculated as the sum of C16:1 + C17:1 + C18:1n-9 + C18:11n-7 + C20:1; PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids) were calculated as the sum of C18:2 t-t + C18:2c-c + C18:3n-6 + C18:3n-3 + CLA + C20:2 + C20:3 + C20:4 + C20:5 + C22:5 + C22:6.

Dervishi et al.

Dervishi et al. BMC Veterinary Research 2012 8:106   doi:10.1186/1746-6148-8-106

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