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Table 5 Digestible nutrient intake and apparent nutrient digestibility of different diets fed to sheep1),2)

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 silage3)
Digestible nutrient intake(g/d)
Dry matter 575.3a 560.1b 6.3
Organic matter 553.7a 536.7b 5.8
Crude protein 67.4a 99.1b 1.1
Ether extract 10.4a 23.3b 0.6
Neutral detergent fiber 223.0a 180.5b 4.1
Acid detergent fiber 124.7a 113.2b 3.5
Hemicellulose 98.4a 67.3b 1.4
Crude fiber 91.0a 74.7b 2.3
Nitrogen free extracts 384.9a 339.7b 3.6
Crude ash 21.6 23.3 2.2
Apparent digestibility (%)
Dry matter 67.7a 65.9b 0.8
Organic matter 69.9 69.8 0.7
Crude protein 68.8 70.1 0.9
Ether extract 76.8a 89.2b 2.8
Neutral detergent fiber 56.2a 53.3b 1.1
Acid detergent fiber 51.6 48.8 1.5
Hemicellulose 63.3 63.0 1.1
Crude fiber 48.9a 45.7b 1.3
Nitrogen free extracts 77.8 77.6 0.8
Crude ash 37.5a 28.7b 2.7
Total digestible nutrients (%) 66.7 66.6 0.7
  1. 1)On a dry matter basis
  2. 2)Means of 6 observations
  3. 3)By-product feed-based silage
  4. a,bMeans with different superscripts within the same row are significantly different (p < 0.05)