Effect of inclusion levels of low-fat dried distillers grains in finishing diets on protein and energy intake and retention and estimation of protein and energy requirements of young Nellore bulls fed with high concentrate diets.
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The objective was to evaluate the effect of including low-fat dried distillers grains (DDG) in finishing diets on protein and energy intake and retention and to estimate the protein and energy requirement of young Nellore bulls. Thirty-five animals were used: baseline (n=4), maintenance (n=4), and ad libitum intake (n=27). Ad libitum animals were divided into four groups: diets with the inclusion of DDG at the levels of 0, 150, 300, and 450g/kg (dry matter basis). At the end of the experiment, all animals were slaughtered. There was a linear reduction with increasing DDG levels in the total digestible nutrients intake (p=0.008), metabolizable energy (ME) intake (p<0.010), in total retained energy (p=0.065), and in heat production (p<0.001). Metabolizable protein (MP) intake increased linearly (p<0.010) but retained protein did not differ (p=0.499). Daily net energy and ME requirement for maintenance were 75.9 and 122kcal/kg0.75 EBW, respectively. Daily MP for maintenance was 3.6g/kg0.75 shrunk body weight. DDG inclusion in finishing diets reduces energy intake and deposition, and we recommend the equations of this study to estimate the requirements of young Nellore bulls.
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Alhadas, H. M., Valadares Filho, S. C., Tedeschi, L. O., Vilela, R., Souza, G., Lage, B. C., ... Paulino, M. F.
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Alhadas, Herlon M||Valadares Filho, Sebastião C||Tedeschi, Luis O||Vilela, Rizielly SR||Souza, Gilyard AP||Lage, Bruno C||Silva, Breno C||Rennó, Luciana N||Paulino, Mario F