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Silva et al., 2007. Rev. Bras. Zootec., 36 (1): 225-236

Document reference 
Silva, E. A. da ; Berchielli, T. T. ; Reis, R. A. ; Pires, A. V. ; Sato, K. J. ; Paes, J. M. V. ; Lopes, A. D., 2007. Effects of crude protein levels on intake and digestibility of nutrients in steers fed Tifton 85 bermudagrass hay supplemented with different protein sources. Rev. Bras. Zootec., 36 (1): 225-236
Alternative title 

Teores de proteína bruta para bovinos alimentados com feno de tifton 85: consumo e digestibilidades total e parcial


Eight crossbred steers fitted with ruminal and duodenal cannulas were randomly assigned to two replicated 4 x 4 Latin squares to evaluate the effects of crude protein (CP) levels on microbial protein synthesis efficiency and in situ degradability of nutrients. Animals received a control diet containing Tifton 85 bermudagrass hay or the control diet supplemented with urea, soybean meal or corn gluten meal-60. Ruminal pH and concentration of ruminal ammonia (NH3-N) were determined in the ruminal fluid at 0 (pre-feeding), 2, 4, 6 and 8 hours after feeding. Indigestible acid detergent fiber was used as the internal marker for measuring duodenal flow of nutrients while total purines were used as the direct microbial marker to measure microbial protein synthesis and microbial efficiency. Ruminal pH and NH3-N were within expected ranges indicating a stable ruminal environment. There were no effects of different dietary CP levels on intakes of DM and N as well as on microbial efficiency and degradability kinetics of DM and NDF. It can be concluded that different CP levels had no effect on microbial protein synthesis and efficiency and kinetics of ruminal degradability.

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Silva et al., 2007