Stocker cattle, limit-feeding, digestibility
Objectives: Study digestion and characteristics of digestion of high-energy limit-fed diets based primarily on wet corn gluten feed.
Study Description: Six ruminally-cannulated Jersey crossbred steers were used to measure total tract diet digestibility, passage rate, volatile fatty acid, and ammonia production, and ruminal pH when limit-feeding high-energy diets based primarily on wet corn gluten feed.
The Bottom Line: High-energy limit-fed diets based primarily on wet corn gluten feed are 15% more digestible and produce a higher concentration of energy yielding volatile fatty acid compared to low-energy full-fed diets without apparent disruptions in ruminal fermentation or health.
Spore, T. J.; Montgomery, S. P.; Titgemeyer, E. C.; Hanzlicek, G. A.; Vahl, Christopher; Nagaraja, T. G.; Cavalli, K. T.; Hollenbeck, W. R.; Wahl, R. N.; and Blasi, Dale
"Total Tract Dry Matter Digestibility and Proportions of Ruminal Propionate Are Increased in High-Energy Limit-Fed Diets Based Primarily on Wet Corn Gluten Feed,"
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