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Initiative 73

Maximising energy-yielding rumen pathways in response to methane inhibition

In rumen bacteria, several pathways are involved in the conversion of feed intovarious energetic end products in competition with methane production. Methane represents a direct loss of digested energy that could be used for increased production if that energy could be redirected into live weight gain. This project will determine the ability of rumen to utilise this energy when methane production is inhibited in beef cattle.

What are we doing?

This project will undertake studies in beef cattle to analyse the effect of inhibited methane production on metabolic pathways and more specifically on the production of short chain fatty acid and the rumen microbial community structure.

Timing:

Juen 2016

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