Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Rude, Brian

Committee Member

Martin, J.M.

Committee Member

Crenshaw, Mark

Date of Degree

1-1-2009

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences

Abstract

An in vitro continuous culture rumen fermentation experiment was conducted to evaluate digestibility of annual ryegrass either fed alone or annual ryegrass supplemented with hay, corn, or soybean hulls. Nutrient disappearance of feedstuffs offered were not different (P > 0.05) as a percentage of the diet however there were differences (P < 0.05) in amounts of individual nutrients digested for each treatment. Ammonia-N concentrations of culture samples were less (P < 0.05) for vessels fed corn as a supplement however there was no difference (P > 0.05) among vessels fed either ryegrass alone or supplemented with hay or soybean hulls. This may indicate a more efficient use of available nutrients from annual ryegrass when corn was supplemented.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/15674

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