Rumen Degradability and Post-ruminal Digestion of Dry Matter, Nitrogen and Amino Acids of Three Protein Supplements

  • Gao, Wei (College of Animal Science and Technology, Shihezi University) ;
  • Chen, Aodong (College of Animal Science and Technology, Shihezi University) ;
  • Zhang, Bowen (College of Animal Science and Technology, Shihezi University) ;
  • Kong, Ping (College of Animal Science and Technology, Shihezi University) ;
  • Liu, Chenli (College of Animal Science and Technology, Shihezi University) ;
  • Zhao, Jie (College of Animal Science and Technology, Shihezi University)
  • Received : 2014.07.29
  • Accepted : 2014.10.21
  • Published : 2015.04.01


This study evaluated the in situ ruminal degradability, and subsequent small intestinal digestibility (SID) of dry matter, crude protein (CP), and amino acids (AA) of cottonseed meal (CSM), sunflower seed meal (SFSM) and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) by using the modified three-step in vitro procedure. The ruminal degradability and subsequent SID of AA in rumen-undegradable protein (RUP-AA) varied among three protein supplements. The result show that the effective degradability of DM for SFSM, CSM, and DDGS was 60.8%, 56.4%, and 41.0% and their ruminal fermentable organic matter was 60.0%, 55.9%, and 39.9%, respectively. The ruminal degradable protein (RDP) content in CP for SFSM, CSM, and DDGS was 68.3%, 39.0%, and 32.9%, respectively, at the ruminal solid passage rate of 1.84%/h. The SFSM is a good source of RDP for rumen micro-organisms; however, the SID of RUP of SFSM was lower. The DDGS and CSM are good sources of RUP for lambs to digest in the small intestine to complement ruminal microbial AA of growing lambs. Individual RUP-AA from each protein source was selectively removed by the rumen microorganisms, especially for Trp, Arg, His, and Lys (p<0.01). The SID of individual RUP-AA was different within specific RUP origin (p<0.01). Limiting amino acid was Leu for RUP of CSM and Lys for both RUP of SFSM and DDGS, respectively. Therefore, different protein supplements with specific limitations should be selected and combined carefully in growing lambs ration to optimize AA balance.


Ruminal Degradability;Intestinal Digestibility;Protein Supplement;Amino Acids;Lamb


Supported by : National Science Foundation of China


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