Inner Mongolia Academy of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry ScienceHohhotChina

Mongolia, Mongolia

Inner Mongolia Academy of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry ScienceHohhotChina

Mongolia, Mongolia
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Yin G.,Inner Mongolia Academy of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry ScienceHohhotChina | Bai C.,ShenYang Agricultural University | Sun J.,Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences | Sun L.,Inner Mongolia Academy of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry ScienceHohhotChina | And 6 more authors.
Animal Science Journal | Year: 2017

This study aimed to investigate the fermentation quality and nutritive value of total mixed ration (TMR) silages based on desert wormwood (DW) combined with early stage corn (ESC) as forage and determine an optimum formula. Desert wormwood and ESC were harvested, chopped, and mixed with other ingredients according to a formula, packed into laboratory silos at densities of 500-550 g/L, and stored in the dark for 60 days. The DW proportions in the forage of TMR were 1, 0.75, 0.50, 0.25 and 0, based on fresh weight. As the proportion of DW decreased, the pH also decreased (P < 0.05), while lactic acid, lactic acid/acetic acid, crude protein, starch, and the in vitro digestibility of dry matter and neutral detergent fiber increased (P < 0.05). Ammonia nitrogen/total nitrogen in the TMR silages with DW proportions of 0.75, 0.25 and 0 in the forage was more than 10%. These results indicated that the quality of the TMR silage containing DW alone as forage was poor, TMR silages containing DW proportions of 0.75 and 0.25, and ESC alone, in the forage were not well preserved. The optimum TMR silage formula contained a DW proportion of 0.5 in the forage. © 2017 Japanese Society of Animal Science.

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