The digestibilities of amino acids in duodenal digesta of steers were measured using a precision-fed cecectomized rooster assay. Freeze-dried duodenal digesta from steers fed five different diets were utilized. Amino acids present in digesta of steers fed diets supplemented with corn gluten meal were more digestible than those from digesta of steers fed diets supplemented with soybean meal, blood meal, fish meal, or no true protein source. Measurements of amino acid digestibility in the cecectomized rooster were similar to those obtained previously when measured with reference to chromic oxide in steers fitted with duodenal and ileal cannulae, suggesting that the precision-fed cecectomized rooster assay is an appropriate technique for estimating small intestinal digestibility of amino acids in cattle.
- amino acids, digestibility, small intestine
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Food Science
- Animal Science and Zoology