Animal Feed Science and Technology
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The aim of this study was to determine in vitro ruminal degradability and gas production kinetics of sainfoin (Onobrichis viciifolia; SF), birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus; BFT), alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.; ALF) and their binary or trinary mixtures using the gas production technique. The proportions in the mixtures represented: (1) those selected by lambs in a free-choice experiment (70:30 and 50:35:15 ratios for binary and trinary combinations, respectively), or (2) equal proportions (50:50 or 33:33:33 ratios for binary or trinary mixtures, respectively). Organic matter digestibility was greater in ALF and BFT than in SF (0.791 and 0.796 vs 0.751; PRMax = 17.7 ml h−1) than BFT (16.5 ml h−1) or SF (12.9 ml h−1), reaching half of the asymptote of gas production (Parameter B = 7.3, 7.0 and 9.5 h, respectively) and maximum gas production rates at earlier times (2.4, 2.6 and 3.0 h, respectively; PA) was ALF (210.6 ml) > SF (198.3 ml) > BFT (187.6 ml) (P
S. Lagrange, S. Lobón, and J.J. Villalba, Gas production kinetics and in vitro degradability of tannin-containing legumes, alfalfa and their mixtures, Animal Feed Science and Technology 253 (2019), 56-64.