Journal article

The effect of diet of the donor cows on in vitro measurements of methane production from wheat and corn incubated in various forage-to-grain ratios

Pablo S Alvarez-Hess, Peter J Moate, S Richard O Williams, Joe L Jacobs, Karen A Beauchemin, Zoey Durmic, Murray C Hannah, Richard J Eckard

JOURNAL OF THE SCIENCE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Supplementation of ruminant diets with wheat and corn grains influences ruminal fermentation. In vitro fermentation is a methodology that can be used to screen feeds for their potential to produce enteric methane. However, there is evidence that the diet of the donor cows could impact the results of in vitro analysis. This research investigated the in vitro fermentation of wheat and corn grain when incubated in ruminal fluid from cows fed different grain types and different forage-to-grain ratios. RESULTS: The type of grain fed to the donor cows, as well as forage-to-grain ratio, affected the outcome of fermentation of wheat and corn grain. Differences in methane production (MP) ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was supported by the Emissions Reduction Alberta, the University of Melbourne, Agriculture Victoria and the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre. This work would not have been possible without the excellent work of the technical staff at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources-Victoria, Ellinbank Centre.