Department of Animal Science


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2016 Nebraska Beef Cattle Reports


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Seven ruminally and duodenally fistulated beef steers were fed 0%, 4%, 8%, and 12% crude glycerin in forage- based diets. Rumen and duodenal samples were used to determine the effects of crude glycerin on the prevalence of five selected species of ruminal bacteria. In the rumen, Anaerovibrio lipolytica and Selenomonas ruminantium increased while Butyrivibrio fibrosolvens, Fibrobacter succinogenes, and Megasphaera elsdenii were unaffected. In the duodenum, A. lipolytica, S. ruminantium, and B. fibrosolvens increased while F. succinogenes and M. elsdenii were unaffected. Changes in the relative abundance of microbial species may help explain animal performance responses to crude glycerin.

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