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CASALI, André Oliveira et al. Estimation of fibrous compounds contents in ruminant feeds with bags made from different textiles. R. Bras. Zootec. [online]. 2009, vol.38, n.1, pp.130-138. ISSN 1806-9290.

The aim of this work was to evaluate the contents of in situ indigestible neutral detergent fiber (iNDF) and the fibrous particles lost in aqueous environment in some ruminant feeds by using bags made with different textiles. The physical structure of the textiles was also observed. Wheat bran (WB), soybean hulls (SH), corn silage (CS), and signal grass hay (SGH) samples were used. The bags used for rumen incubation were made of nylon (50 µm); F57 (Ankom®); and non-woven textile (NWT -100 g/m²). The feed samples were ground (1 mm) and conditioned in bags (4 × 5 cm) (six bags of each feedstuff/textile), in a ratio of 20 mg of dry matter/cm2 of surface. The bags were incubated in the rumen of a cow fed with corn silage (70%) and concentrate (30%) for 144 hours. After that, the bags were removed, cleaned with running water and treated with neutral detergent. The residue was assumed as iNDF. The iNDF contents in WB, SH and CS were similar for F57 and NWT, but lower values were obtained when nylon was used For the SGH samples, all textiles produced different results, and the lowest contents were obtained with nylon. The fibrous particle losses in the aqueous environment were evaluated by cleaning the bags in warm running water (39ºC) (10 bags/textile). The loss of fibrous particles was significant for nylon. This loss was considered the cause of lower iNDF contents obtained by using nylon textile, since the microscopic evaluation did not show the occurrence of ruptures during incubation or neutral detergent extraction.

Keywords : Ankom system; F57; non-woven; nylon; textile.

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