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Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia

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ARRUDA, Alex Martins Varela de et al. Nutrients apparent digestibility in diets with different starch levels and fiber source for growing rabbits. R. Bras. Zootec. [online]. 2002, vol.31, n.3, pp.1166-1175. ISSN 1806-9290.

The objective of the present study was to evaluate the nutrients apparent digestibilities in growing rabbits fed diets with different starch levels (22 or 32% on average) by high or low inclusion of corn grain and different fiber sources (alfalfa hay or soybean hulls), in 2x2 factorial outline. The diets were pelleted and supplied to 64 New Zealand White rabbits (16 replicates per treatment), weaned at 34 days, housed individually in metabolism cages and allotted to a complete randomized design. Significant effects were not observed for the interaction between the starch levels and the fiber sources. The best digestibility was observed with high starch diets (73.56%DM, 74.30%OM, 71.51%CP, 63.89%GE, 95.08% starch, 45.87%NDF, 37.78%ADF, 55.57% hemicellulose, 39.86%cellulose), except for lipid fraction. On the other hand, the best digestibility of nutrients was observed with the diets containing with soybean hulls (72.37%DM, 73.06%OM, 69.10%CP, 61.74%GE, 76.84%EE, 95.10% starch, 47.00%NDF, 38.42%ADF, 55.51% hemicellulose, 42.42% cellulose). These results suggest that diets with high starch levels or soybean hulls can be used efficiently by rabbits, maintaining the nutritional recommendations.

Keywords : alfalfa hay; corn grain; digestibility; nutrition; rabbits; soybean hulls.

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