Animal Science Department


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Published in 2009 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report (Lincoln, NE: December, 2008). Copyright © 2008 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.


Ruminally fistulated steers with wireless pH probes were utilized to quantify ruminal pH plus hydrogen sulfide (H2S) levels produced at different times post feeding and to determine the effect of roughage level in high byproducts diets on hydrogen sulfide production. Because of variation in H2S levels, ruminal pH was not related to high H2S levels. When treatment means were used, pH and H2S levels were highly correlated. We observed lower H2S levels in diets with 7.5% or 15% grass hay compared with no roughage.