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Effects of wilting and ensiling with or without additive on protein quality and fermentation of a lucerne-white clover mixture

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This study evaluated the effects of wilting and ensiling of a lucerne-white clover mixture with or without additives on protein quality and fermentation characteristics. We hypothesized that wilting will increase the rumen undegradable protein (RUP) of a lucerne-white clover mixture and that the use of additives will decrease proteolysis of lucerne-white clover silage. The experimental design was a completely randomized design with three replicates per treatment. Rapid wilting of the lucerne-white clover mixture increased RUP but ensiling of the wilted mixture decreased the true protein content and the RUP concentration. Addition of acid at the time of ensiling was more effective in decreasing proteolysis and preserved sugar compared with the untreated control and inoculant-treated silages, which potentially can improve N utilisation by ruminants.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer114301
TidsskriftAnimal Feed Science and Technology
Vol/bind258
ISSN0377-8401
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2019

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