Effects of Some Additives on In Vitro True Digestibility of Wheat and Soybean Straw Pellets

Kılıç Ü., Gulecyuz E.

OPEN LIFE SCIENCES, vol.12, no.1, pp.206-213, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1515/biol-2017-0024
  • Journal Name: OPEN LIFE SCIENCES
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.206-213
  • Keywords: Guar meal, in vitro digestibility, molasses, pellet, sepiolite, soybean straw, wheat straw, RUMINAL CHARACTERISTICS, MILK, MOLASSES, FERMENTATION, DIGESTION, DIETS, COWS, HAY
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


This study was aimed to explore the nutrient content, relative feed values (RFV) and in vitro true digestibilities (IVTD) of wheat straw and soybean straw pellets produced with the addition of molasses, guar meal and sepiolite. In this experiment, 16 groups were created for 2 different straws (wheat/soybean straws), 2 different sepiolite applications (available/not available) and 4 different applications (control, guar meal, molasses, guar meal+molasses) in accordance with the 2x2x4 factorial design. A Daisy incubator was used to determine the IVTD of the feeds. According to the results, molasses and guar meal increased the RFV of soybean straws, while molasses and guar meal treatments and sepiolite did not affect the RFV of wheat straws. It was observed that sepiolite increased the RFV's of soybean straw for guar meal and guar meal+molasses. The higher IVTD's were found for guar meal (without sepiolite) treatment of soybean straw and guar meal (with sepiolite) treatment of wheat straw. Molasses and guar meal addition to wheat and soybean straws improved the crude protein contents. In conclusion, straw pelleting can be used as an alternative forage conservation method to close the gap in forage supply during the winter.