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Effects of increasing amounts of extruded linseed in the diet on apparent ruminal synthesis of some B vitamins in dairy cows

  • V. Beaudet (a1) (a2), R. Gervais (a2), P. Y. Chouinard (a2), B. Graulet (a3), C. Martin (a3), M. Doreau (a3) and C. L. Girard (a1)...


Many studies have shown that metabolic efficiency of ruminants can be significantly decreased when B-vitamin supply is insufficient. Under the present state of knowledge, the amounts of B vitamins available for intestinal absorption cannot be predicted based on diet composition. Therefore, in an attempt to increase our understanding of the effects of dietary factors, on B-vitamin supply for dairy cows, the effects of increasing amounts of extruded linseed in diets based on hay (permanent grassland hay, H; Experiment 1) or corn silage (CS; Experiment 2) on apparent ruminal synthesis (ARS) of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folates and vitamin B12 were evaluated. In each experiment, four lactating Holstein cows fitted with cannulas in the rumen and the proximal duodenum were used in a 4 × 4 Latin square design. In both experiments, the dietary treatments consisted of an increasing supply of extruded linseed representing 0%, 5%, 10% or 15% of diet DM. The forage : concentrate ratios were 50 : 50 and 60 : 40 for Experiments 1 and 2, respectively. Duodenal flow was determined using YbCl3 as a marker. The ARS of each B vitamin was calculated as duodenal flow – daily intake. In both experiments, treatments did not affect thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B12 duodenal flow or ARS. Increasing the dietary concentration of extruded linseed decreased folate intake in Experiment 1 and vitamin B6 intake in Experiment 2 but resulted in a greater duodenal flow of vitamin B6 and folates regardless of the forage used in basal diet. Greater dietary linseed concentrations decreased vitamin B6 apparent degradation in the rumen in CS-based diet only and increased folate ARS in both H- and CS-based diets. Increasing linseed concentration of isonitrogenous and isoenergetic diets increased vitamin B6 and folate supply to dairy cows, both with H- and CS-based diets.


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Effects of increasing amounts of extruded linseed in the diet on apparent ruminal synthesis of some B vitamins in dairy cows

  • V. Beaudet (a1) (a2), R. Gervais (a2), P. Y. Chouinard (a2), B. Graulet (a3), C. Martin (a3), M. Doreau (a3) and C. L. Girard (a1)...


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