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Digestion of a high-fibre diet in growing rabbits: methodology for estimation of apparent digestibility in gut segments

Digestion of a high-fibre diet in growing rabbits: methodology for estimation of apparent digestibility in gut segments

Annales de Zootechnie 34(4): 429-445

A pelleted feed containing crude cellulose 25 and lignin 11%, with Cr2O3 incorporated as marker, was given freely to 27 New Zealand White rabbits aged 8 weeks. During 24 h rabbits were killed every 3 h and whole digestive tract was removed for study of digesta in stomach, terminal ileum, caecum and rectum. Apparent digestibility, ascertained from total faeces collection, ranged from 52 to 60% for DM, energy and protein and reached 40, 30 and 16% for hemicellulose, cellulose and lignin.

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