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The effect of variation in phosphorus intake on salivary phosphorus secretion net intestinal phosphorus absorption and fecal endogenous phosphorus excretion in sheep

Scott, D.; Whitelaw, F.G.; Buchan, W.; Bruce, L.A.

Journal of Agricultural Science 105(2): 271-278


ISSN/ISBN: 0021-8596
Accession: 006658442

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Mature sheep fitted with rumen and duodenal cannulae, and fed a pelleted hay diet, were given supplementary phosphorus by continuous infusion into the rumen and the effects on salivary phosphorus secretion, net intestinal phosphorus absorption and faecal endogenous phosphorus excretion were studied. In control periods little phosphorus was excreted in the urine and little increase was seen in response to supplementation, the faeces being the major pathway for excretion. Increasing phosphorus intake led to an increase in net intestinal phosphorus absorption, a rise in plasma phosphate concentration, an increase in salivary phosphorus secretion and an increase in faecal endogenous phosphorus excretion. Overall net intestinal absorptive efficiency for phosphorus did, however, decrease as intake rose so that changes in faecal endogenous phosphorus excretion were in part due to increased salivary phosphorus secretion and in part to a reduction in overall absorptive efficiency. The significance of these changes in relation to the control of phosphorus balance in ruminants is discussed.

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