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item ANIMUT, G.
item PUCHALA, R.
item GOETSCH, A.
item SAHLU, T.
item PATRA, A.
item Varel, Vincent
item Wells, James - Jim

Submitted to: American Society of Animal Science Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/22/2006
Publication Date: 7/10/2006
Citation: Animut, G., Puchala, R., Goetsch, A., Sahlu, T., Detweiler, G., Patra, A., Varel, V., Wells, J. 2006. Methane emission by goats consuming diets with different levels of condensed tannin-containing lespedeza and sorghum-sudangrass [abstract]. Journal of Animal Science 84(Suppl. 1):26.

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Technical Abstract: Boer (7/8) x Spanish wethers (24; BW = 34.1 kg, SE = 1.02) were used to determine effects of dietary levels of a condensed tannin (CT)-containing forage Kobe lespedeza (Lespedeza striata; K) and sorghum-sudangrass (Sorghum bicolor; G) on methane emission. Treatments were K levels (DM basis) of 100, 67, 33, and 0% (100K, 67K, 33K, and 0K, respectively). Forages harvested daily were fed at 1.3 times the maintenance energy requirement. The experiment lasted 21 d, with measures on the last 8 d. N was 1.7 and 2.2%, in vitro true DM digestibility was 85.5 and 68.0%, and CT was 0 and 15.1% for G and K, respectively. DMI was similar among treatments (677, 664, 633, and 626 g/d; SE = 30.8) and gross energy (GE) digestibility increased linearly (P < 0.05) with decreasing K (47.1, 51.4, 58.9, and 65.6% for 100K, 67K, 33K, and 0K, respectively). ME intake increased linearly (P < 0.05; 398, 431, 485, and 513 kJ/kg BW**0.75), whereas energy expenditure (356, 350, 399, and 504 kJ/kg BW**0.75) and methane emission changed linearly and quadratically (P < 0.05) with decreasing K (10.9, 13.8, 17.6, and 26.2 L/d; 3.3, 4.0, 5.4, and 8.2% GE; 7.0, 7.7, 8.8, and 11.9% DE for 100K, 67K, 33K, and 0K, respectively). In vitro methane production by incubation of ruminal fluid for 3 wk with a medium for methanogenic bacteria and other conditions promoting activity by methanogens also was affected linearly and quadratically (P < 0.05) by K (7.0, 8.1, 9.2, and 16.1 mL for 100K, 67K, 33K, and 0K, respectively). The total bacterial count was similar among K levels, but the number of total protozoa increased linearly (P < 0.05) as K declined (8.3, 11.8, 15.6, and 27.1 x 10**5/mL for 100K, 67K, 33K, and 0K, respectively). In conclusion, the CT-containing forage K decreased methane emission by goats regardless of nonzero level. The impact of K CT on methane emission appears attributable to changes in methanogenic bacterial activity, although alterations of protozoal actions might be involved as well. This project was supported by USDA Project No. 2004-38814-15045.