Author(s): Sniffen CJ, Robinson PH
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Abstract The accuracy of prediction of microbial growth in the rumen and flow of microbial protein to the small intestine is important in predicting protein and carbohydrate utilization in dairy cattle as well as the development of a protein and carbohydrate feeding system that will be an improvement over present systems. Empirical multiple and simple regression equations are presented that demonstrate the impact of body size, proportion of forage in the diet, and dry matter intake on flow of microbial protein into the small intestine from the rumen. Concepts are developed and validated for a mechanistic, dynamic approach for prediction of microbial growth and flow of microbial protein based on Michaelis-Menton equations, microbial substance affinities, and rumen liquid flow kinetics. Emphasis is placed on the importance of quantifying dynamics of rumen function, the need for experimentation to develop a carbohydrate system that will include methods for analysis, and a factorial approach to digestion and utilization.
This article was published in J Dairy Sci
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