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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: IMPROVING ALFALFA AND OTHER FORAGE CROPS FOR BIOENERGY, LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION, AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Location: Plant Science Research

Title: Lamb and cow performance when fed corn silage that has reduced ferulate cross linking

Authors
item Jung, Hans Joachim
item Mertens, David
item Phillips, Ronald -

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: October 4, 2010
Publication Date: November 17, 2010
Citation: Jung, H.G., Mertens, D.R., Phillips, R.L. 2010. Lamb and cow performance when fed corn silage that has reduced ferulate cross linking [abstract]. In: 2010 Minnesota Forage Research Symposium, November 17-18, 2010, St. Cloud, Minnesota. p. 15.

Technical Abstract: Ferulate-mediated lignin/hemicellulose cross linking in grasses reduces in vitro NDF digestibility (IVNDFD). Impact of ferulate cross linking on animal performance was examined in lamb digestibility and dairy cow performance trials using the seedling ferulate ester (sfe) corn mutant that reduces cross linking and improves IVNDFD. Digestibility of sfe silages was not different from the control silage; however, lambs were less selective against fiber when fed sfe silages. Intake and milk production were greater for cows fed the sfe containing diets, and cows were less selective against fiber.

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