In vitro methods for measuring the dry matter digestibility of ruminant feedstuffs: Comparison of methods and inoculum source

S. J. Mabjeesh*, M. Cohen, A. Arieli

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Abstract

We conducted this study to evaluate the new in vitro system, DAISYII, to determine dry matter (DM) digestibility in ruminant feedstuffs. Results from the DAISYII were compared to those obtained by the traditional Tilly and Terry method. The traditional method buffer was used for both methods. We also compared two sources of rumen inoculum from sheep and dairy cows. Seventeen different feeds were tested, grouped into roughage, concentrate, and CP supplements. The experiment was replicated on two different occasions for all feeds and the two sources of inoculum. The source of inoculum and the time at which it was collected had no effect on the in vitro DM digestibility of the feedstuffs in either of the methods. The DAISYII DM digestibility value compared well with the traditional method values for the roughage group; however, for some feedstuffs in the concentrate and CP supplement groups, the DAISYII values were significantly higher than the traditional method values. Regression analysis of the feeds that resulted in similar values with the two methods revealed that the DAISYII method can be used to predict in vitro digestibility with relatively small variation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2289-2294
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Dairy Science
Volume83
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2000

Keywords

  • Dry matter digestibility
  • In vitro
  • Inoculum
  • Rumen

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