Roughage level and corn processing in finishing diets: subacute acidosis

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dc.contributor.author Shuey, S.A.
dc.contributor.author Brandt, Robert T., Jr.
dc.contributor.author Gramlich, S.M.
dc.contributor.author Milton, C.T.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-15T15:33:50Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-15T15:33:50Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-15T15:33:50Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/4951
dc.description.abstract Roughage level and method of corn processing were evaluated for the propensity to cause subacute acidosis in a controlled acidosis challenge model. Four ruminally fistulated steers were adapted to a high grain diet, randomly allocated within a 4 × 4 Latin square, and fed a corn-based finishing ration at 2% of BW/day (dry basis) in two equal feedings. Chopped alfalfa hay was used as the roughage source and added at 8% of the diet dry matter or not added. Corn was fed either whole (WSC) or dry rolled (DRC). Roughage level and grain processing had no effect on postchallenge molar percentage of acetate or total volatile fatty acid production. An interaction (P<.05) was seen in both percent propionate and acetate:propionate ratio. Eliminating roughage in the WSC diet resulted in increased production of propionate and a lower acetate:propionate ratio. Ruminal pH at 3 hours postchallenge and intake during the recovery period were lower (P<.05) for 0 vs 8% roughage. Ruminal pH at 3 and 6 hours postchallenge was lower (P<.05) for DRC than for WSC. Intake during the recovery period did not differ between DRC and WSC. Hours below pH 5.6 were greater (P<.05) for DRC vs WSC and for 0 vs 8% roughage. Though statistically higher (P<.05), no biologically significant levels of lactate were found for either DRC or WSC. This study indicates that adding roughage or feeding WSC vs DRC reduces the propensity for subacute acidosis. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Cattlemen’s Day, 1994 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 94-373-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 704 en_US
dc.subject Beef en_US
dc.subject Cattle en_US
dc.subject Grain processing en_US
dc.subject Roughage level en_US
dc.subject Rumen pH en_US
dc.subject Acidosis en_US
dc.title Roughage level and corn processing in finishing diets: subacute acidosis en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 1994 en_US
dc.citation.epage 26 en_US
dc.citation.spage 24 en_US
dc.description.conference Cattlemen's Day, 1994, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March 4, 1994 en_US


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