Department of Animal Science


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2016 Nebraska Beef Cattle Reports


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To understand the relationships between diet, microbial community, and methane production cattle were esophageally tubed when fed a common diet and again during feeding of six treatment diets. Microbial community analysis via 16S tag sequencing, displayed structuring of microbial communities (Bacteria and Archaea) by diet. Th is study demonstrates that the diets tested altered the microbial community from the common diet but had no effect (P > 0.05) between dietary treatments used in the study. While the microbial community changed from the common diet to the treatments was observed, an alteration in microbial community or methane production was not observed due to fat source.

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