Effect of sodium bicarbonate and sodium bentonite on digestion and ruminal fermentation of forage sorghum silage-based rations fed to growing steers

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports, Dec 1986

One percent sodium bicarbonate increased intake of a 50% silage-50% grain ration, but had no effect on intake of an 84% sorghum silage ration. Adding concentrate (rolled sorghum grain) lowered rumen pH slightly and decreased acid detergent fiber and starch digestion. The bicarbonate had no effect on digestibility, but 2% bentonite lowered digestibility of neutral and acid detergent fiber. Neither compound affected ruminal fermentation characteristics.

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Effect of sodium bicarbonate and sodium bentonite on digestion and ruminal fermentation of forage sorghum silage-based rations fed to growing steers

Effect of sodium bicarbonate and sodium bentonite on digestion and ruminal fermentation of forage sorghum silage-based rations fed to growing steers K . Jacques D. Axe T. Harris D. Harmon Follow this and additional works at: http://newprairiepress.org/kaesrr Part of the Other Animal Sciences Commons Recommended Citation - See next page for additional authors This report is brought to you for free and open access by New Prairie Press. It has been accepted for inclusion in Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports by an authorized administrator of New Prairie Press. Copyright 1986 Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. Contents of this publication may be freely reproduced for educational purposes. All other rights reserved. Brand names appearing in this publication are for product identification purposes only. K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Effect of sodium bicarbonate and sodium bentonite on digestion and ruminal fermentation of forage sorghum silage-based rations fed to growing steers Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Authors K. Jacques, D. Axe, T. Harris, D. Harmon, and K. Bolsen This Research Report article is available in Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports: http://newprairiepress.org/ kaesrr/vol0/iss1/1043


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K. Jacques, D. Axe, T. Harris, D. Harmon, K. Bolsen. Effect of sodium bicarbonate and sodium bentonite on digestion and ruminal fermentation of forage sorghum silage-based rations fed to growing steers, Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports, 1986,