Comparative studies of the parameters of rumen fermentation and the digestibility of feed rations in cattle and sheep. 2. The digestibility of feed rations
Jentsch, W.; Hoffmann, L.; Beyer, M.
Archiv für Tierernährung 44(1): 63-84
ISSN/ISBN: 0003-942X PMID: 8215886 Accession: 045585173
The results from 283 comparisons of digestibility in cattle (ox, cow, male and female young cattle) and sheep (adult wether) are presented. The crude protein content of the applied rations ranged from 90 to 340 and the crude fibre content from 80 to 430 g/kg DM. Within the range of rations with 200-350 g crude fibre per kg DM the differences between adult cattle and wether in the digestibility of energy and organic matter don't exceed 1%-unit (mean -0.5 +/- 2.5), that of crude protein is 5%-units lower in adult cattle than in adult wether. In young cattle digestibility is altogether lower than in wether; in young cattle with 120 to 200 kg live weight 4 to 6 and in more developed cattle 3 to 4 digestibility units for energy. In the metabolizability of the energy in comparison between adult wether and the different animal categories of cattle the difference don't exceed 1.5%-units. Relations between the live weight of cattle, the crude fibre of the rations as well as the nutrition level and the amount of difference of digestibility between cattle and sheep are considered.