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Table 1 Least-square means for body reserves (± standard error) at each physiological stage of ewes according to parity, litter size class and age of the ewe at first lambing

From: Genome-wide analyses reveal a strong association between LEPR gene variants and body fat reserves in ewes

   % Obs. BCS-M BCS-Pa BCS-Pb BCS-L BCS-Sa BCS-Sb BCS-W BCS-Wp
N Obs.    2069 2167 2167 2162 1983 1317 2084 1776
Parity 1 47.3 2.91 (0.01) a 2.96 (0.01) a 2.76 (0.01) a 2.62 (0.01) a 2.52 (0.01) a 2.55 (0.01) a 2.48 (0.008) a 2.57 (0.01) a
2 38.9 2.69 (0.01) b 2.87 (0.01) b 2.73 (0.01) b 2.65 (0.01) b 2.57 (0.01) b 2.64 (0.02) b 2.56 (0.01) b 2.67 (0.01) b
3 13.8 2.73 (0.02) c 2.95 (0.02) ac 2.84 (0.02) c 2.70 (0.02) c 2.65 (0.02) c 2.64 (0.02) b 2.61 (0.01) c 2.66 (0.02) b
Sign.   *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Litter size class 0 13.3 2.79 (0.02) ac 2.93 (0.02) 2.79 (0.02) ab 2.75 (0.02) a 2.82 (0.02) a 3.04 (0.03) a 2.97 (0.02) a 2.89 (0.03) a
1 20.5 2.78 (0.02) ac 2.94 (0.01) 2.83 (0.01) b 2.76 (0.01) a 2.67 (0.01) b 2.65 (0.02) b 2.55 (0.01) b 2.68 (0.01) b
2 24.3 2.80 (0.01) ab 2.93 (0.01) 2.77 (0.01) a 2.62 (0.01) b 2.54 (0.01) c 2.55 (0.02) c 2.49 (0.01) c 2.58 (0.02) c
3 24.6 2.78 (0.01) ab 2.93 (0.01) 2.76 (0.01) a 2.63 (0.01) b 2.47 (0.01) d 2.42 (0.02) d 2.39 (0.1) d 2.52 (0.1) d
4 17.3 2.74 (0.02) c 2.91 (0.02) 2.72 (0.02) c 2.53 (0.01) c 2.40 (0.01) e 2.39 (0.02) e 2.34 (0.01) e 2.48 (0.02) d
Sign.   * NS *** *** *** *** *** ***
Age at first lambing 1 47.5 2.83 (0.01) a 2.90 (0.01) a 2.76 (0.01) 2.66 (0.01) 2.58 (0.01) 2.60 (0.02) 2.53 (0.01) a 2.56 (0.01) a
2 52.5 2.73 (0.01) b 2.96 (0.01) b 2.78 (0.01) 2.66 (0.01) 2.57 (0.01) 2.62 (0.02) 2.57 (0.01) b 2.70 (0.01) b
Sign.   *** *** NS NS NS NS *** ***
Year Sign.   *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Parity*Litter size class Sign.   *** * * * *** *** *** ***
Age at first lambing*Litter size class Sign.   *** * *** NS * *** * **
  1. The significance probabilities were also reported for the year of measurement and first-order interactions
  2. BCS Body condition Score, N Obs number of records for each trait, % Obs percentage of observations for each class of a given factor, M Mating, Pa Early pregnancy, Pb Two-thirds pregnancy, L Lambing, Sa Early suckling, Sb End of suckling, W Weaning, Wp Post-weaning period, Sign., the significance probabilities for each fixed effect of mixed models are provided as: *** P-value < 0.001, ** P-value < 0.01, * P-value < 0.05; NS, not significant. The lower case letters (a, b, c, d, e) indicate significant differences in the trait between classes of each factor (i.e., values not sharing a common letter are significantly different, as determined by a t-test at p < 0.05)