Journal article

Effects of feeding lambs fresh versus dried Puccinellia tenuiflora (Griesb.) Scribn. & Merr. on water and nutrient intake and apparent digestibility

Rongzhen Zhong, Long Cheng, Yi Fang, Zelin Li, Vida Lamptey, Daowei Zhou

Grassland Science | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

The objective was to investigate effects of feeding lambs fresh versus dried Puccinellia. tenuiflora (Griesb.) Scribn. & Merr. on nutrient and water intake and apparent digestibility. Twenty-four lambs were offered fresh or dried (48 hr) grass. The dry matter (DM) content of fresh grass was 65% of dried grass and the neutral detergent fiber exclude ash (aNDFom) content of fresh grass was 87% of dried grass, whereas the metabolizable energy concentration of two forages was similar. Lambs eating fresh grass had higher (p <.05) DM intake (944 versus 837 g DM day sheep ), metabolizable energy intake (9.1 versus 7.9 MJ day sheep ), and crude protein intake (86 versus 75 g day sheep ) than those..

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Grants

Awarded by National Key Research and Development Program


Awarded by Youth Innovation Promotion Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences


Funding Acknowledgements

the National Key Research and Development Program, Grant/Award Number: 2015184; the Youth Innovation Promotion Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Grant/Award Number: 2015184