Effect of fermentation time in the artificial rumen on the relationship of in vitro digestibility to digestibility and intake of hay by sheep

Troelsen, J.E.; Bell, J.M.

Canad. J. Animal Sci 48: 361-372


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The digestibility and intake of several kinds of hay cut at several stages of growth were estimated with sheep. Digestibility in vitro was estimated by a 2-stage procedure. Because the digestibility of dry matter in vitro was unduly affected by a high solubility of ash, digestibility of organic matter was preferred. Digestibility in vitro was estimated after fermentation for 6, 12, 24, 48 or 96 h.