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Rumen fermentation characteristics of rams fed supplemental boric acid and humic acid diets

Özge Sizmaz, Bekir Hakan Köksal, Gültekin Yildiz

Abstract: The aim of the study is to investigate the effects of humic acid and boric acid on rumen fermentation parameters in rams. For this purpose, 3 rams were used in this experiment. Rams in each treatment; a control with no supplements (C), 180 ppm boric acid (B) and 5 ml/kg humic acid (H) with 65:35 forage to concentrate ratio. Each experimental period lasted 14 days, with 12 first days of diet adaptation. Totally the experimental period lasted 56 days. In both time periods (0 and 3h after feeding), there were no significant difference (P>0.05) on rumen pH, ammonia, protozoa count, estimated methane production and volatile fatty acid composition. However, butyric acid concentration tended to be higher in experimental groups (P=0.08). As a result of this study, these feed additives did not modify the rumen milieu and showed no negative effect in rams.
Keywords: rams / adaptation / boric acid / humic acid / rumen / treatment / experimental / feed

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