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Revista Brasileira de Saúde e Produção Animal

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PERIPOLLI, Vanessa et al. Effect of crude glycerol on in-vitro ruminal fermentation kinetics. Rev. bras. saúde prod. anim. [online]. 2014, vol.15, n.1, pp.172-181. ISSN 1519-9940.

The interest in using crude glycerol in animal feeding has reemerged due to its increasing availability and favorable price resulting from the expansion of biofuel industry. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effects of substituting corn for crude glycerol at different levels in the diet on ruminal fermentation using in-vitro true digestibility parameters. The experimental treatments consisted of substituting corn for liquid crude glycerol (0; 4; 8 and 12%) in dry matter basis. Diets consisted of 60% alfalfa hay and 40% corn and glycerol substituted the corn in the diet. In addition to the 48 hours traditionally applied in digestibility assays, different in-vitro digestibility times were used (0; 4; 8; 16; 48, 72 and 96 hours) in order to study digestion kinetics. The dietary corn substitution for increasing crude glycerol levels did not affect ammonia nitrogen content, metabolizable energy content, in-vitro digestibility of organic matter and neutral detergent fiber, nor ruminal degradation parameters. However this by-product of biodiesel production may be tested in-vivo as an alternative energy feedstuff in ruminant diets.

Keywords : co-product of biodiesel; degradation parameters; effective degradability; in-vitro neutral detergent fiber digestibility ruminant.

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