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Title: Beefing up starch digestion
Contributor(s): Channon, Andrew (author); Rowe, James Baber  (author)
Publication Date: 2003
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Abstract: Any improvements in starch digestion in cattle would undoubtedly be of great benefit to the feedlot industry. There are numerous factors that are likely to vary between animals that may affect both the efficiency and site of starch digestion. The benefits of starch digestion in the small intestine, as opposed to in the rumen, include a higher energetic efficiency, and a reduced risk of acidosis provided that high levels of starch do not reach the hindgut. Recent research has identified genetic differences between similar cattle in their ability to digest starch. The evidence is provided by differences between progeny groups of steers in the level of fermentation occurring in the hindgut. We have also found between-animal differences in total tract starch digestibility that are consistent across diets.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: RAAN 2003: Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition in Australia, Armidale, Australia, 13th - 16th July, 2003
Source of Publication: Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition in Australia, v.14, p. 197-206
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISSN: 0819-4823
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 070204 Animal Nutrition
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 830310 Sheep - Meat
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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