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Table 3 Ruminal parameters of sheep fed the different diets1)

From: Effect of feeding a by-product feed-based silage on nutrients intake, apparent digestibility, and nitrogen balance in sheep

Item Diet with SE
Rye straw BF-based silage2)
Ruminal pH 6.6 6.6 0.1
Ruminal VFA (mM/ℓ)
Acetate 105.6 107.5 16.1
Propionate 16.9 22.9 3.0
Butyrate 4.5 4.7 1.1
Acetate/propionate 5.9 4.7 0.7
NH3-N (mg/dl) 13.2a 22.6b 1.0
  1. 1)Means of 6 observations
  2. 2)BF-based silage was by-product feed-based silage, which was composed of 45 % spent mushroom substrate, 21 % recycled poultry bedding, 11 % rye straw, 10.8 % rice bran, 10 % corn taffy residue, 1.0 % protected fat, 0.6 % bentonite, and 0.6 % microbial additive, and ensiled for 30 d
  3. a,bMeans with different superscripts within the same row are significantly different (p < 0.05)