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Effect of regrowth age on intake and digestion of Digitaria decumbens consumed by Black-belly sheep
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Archimède، نويسنده , , BOVAL، M نويسنده , , M and Alexandre، نويسنده , , Tomas M asop ust and Ale xande r M e duna، نويسنده , , A and Aumont، نويسنده , , G and Poncet، نويسنده , , C، نويسنده ,
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روزنامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2000
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The intake and digestion of fresh Digitaria decumbens grass were studied following the stage of regrowth. Six rams (mean liveweight: 40.8±0.6 kg) received successively a 14, 28, 42 and 56-day old forage during four 4-week periods. The range of variation of crude protein and acid detergent fibre content (g/kg) of the forages was 57–130 and 380–442, respectively. The DM intake (g/kg W0.75) and the organic matter total tract digestibility decreased from 83 to 56 and from 0.728 to 0.628, respectively, between 14 and 56 days of regrowth. The fractional degradation rate (h−1) of dry matter in the rumen, estimated by the nylon bag method, decreased curvilinearly with a mean daily rate of 0.0010. A curvilinear relationship was recorded between the rumen turnover rate and forage regrowth stage. The mean daily decrease (per hour per day) was 0.0005. The total nitrogen duodenal flow (g per day) decreased from 22.7 to 11.6 between 14 and 56 days. The mean efficiency of microbial protein synthesis was similar with the four diets (31.8, S.E. 2.2 g microbial nitrogen/kg organic matter apparently digested in the rumen). In conclusion, intake, digestibility and duodenal nitrogen flow are high with the 14-day D. decumbens. As a consequence, the nutritive value of the latter is similar to the one of a good temperate grass forage. Good nutritive value of a 14-day old D. decumbens and fast maturation and lignification in C4 forage before the first month of regrowth suggest the need to investigate ruminant feeding strategies with forages younger (<28 days) than those classically used when the aim is the increase in animal individual performances in humid tropical area.
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Sheep , Intake , digestion , Digitaria decumbens
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Animal Feed Science and Technology
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