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Effects of harvest time and added molasses on nutritional content, ensiling characteristics and in vitro degradation of whole crop wheat
- Xia, Chuanqi (State Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition, College of Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University) ;
- Liang, Yixun (State Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition, College of Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University) ;
- Bai, Sarula (State Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition, College of Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University) ;
- He, Yang (State Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition, College of Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University) ;
- Muhammad, Aziz Ur Rahman (State Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition, College of Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University) ;
- Su, Huawei (State Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition, College of Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University) ;
- Cao, Binghai (State Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition, College of Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University)
- Received : 2017.07.21
- Accepted : 2017.09.29
- Published : 2018.03.01
Objective: Wheat is an alternative to corn silage for ruminant feeding in northern China. This study examined the effects of harvest time and added molasses on nutritional content, ensiling characteristics and in vitro degradation of whole crop wheat (WCW). Methods: Fresh WCW at the milk-ripe stage was harvested at 0700 h (i.e., in the morning [Mo]) and 1700 h (i.e., in the afternoon [Af]), and then immediately used to prepare silage and make hay. Commercial molasses was added to Af WCW at 0%, 2%, 4%, and 6% (fresh weight) proportions. The WCW treated with molasses was mixed thoroughly prior to ensiling. Results: Dry matter (DM), neutral detergent fiber, water soluble carbohydrate (WSC) content (p<0.01), accumulative gas production in 72 h (
Harvest Time;Molasses Addition;Nutritional Content;Ensiling Characteristics;In vitro Fermentation;Whole Crop Wheat
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