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Ruminant Nutrition and Forage Utilization
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 1995;8(1): 43-50.
https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.1995.43    Published online February 1, 1995.
Effects of activated carbon on growth, ruminal characteristics, blood profiles and feed digestibility in sheep
E. P. Garillo, R. Pradhan, H. Tobioka
This study was carried out to investigate the effects of activated carbon(AC) on growth, ruminal characteristics, blood profiles and feed digestibility in sheep, using roughage-based or concentrate-based diets. Twelve Suffolk breed of sheep of similar age and weight were distributed into 4 groups in a 2 X 2 factorial design. Two groups were fed a roughage-based diet with(R + AC) and without AC(R -AC), while the other two were fed a concentrate-based diet with(C+ AC) and without AC(C -AC), respectively. The addition of 0.3% AC was based on dry matter of feed offered to animals. The incorporation of AC in roughage and concentrate based diets had no marked effects on feed intake, daily gain and feed conversion of the animals within experimental diets. The results obtained might be due to the low level of AC added in the diet. The animal on both concentrate-based diets were higher than the roughage-based diets in terms of daily gain and feed conversion ratio. However, it was observed that the animals provided with AC in the concentrate-based diet did not suffer from diarrhea and easily adjusted to high concentrate feeding. Further, the pH value for all diets before feeding was noted to be similar. After feeding, however, pH was shown to be higher in R + AC(p<0.05) than in C + AC diet. Rumen protozoa number was decreased after feeding for both +AC diets, but in C -AC diet it was higher than in the roughage-based diets. For ammonia-nitrogen, C - AC was found to be higher than C + AC diet and the roughage-based diets before feeding. Total volatile fatty acid concentration, propionate and valerate molar ratios for both diets and time of collection were not affected. However, acetate, butyrate and valerate molar ratios were observed to be affected by diets and time of collections. The diets with AC increased(p<0.05) before feeding for acetate molar ratio, but not different within diet, however, the roughage diets were found to be higher(p<0.05) in acetate than the concentrate diet. In the blood parameters, the glutamic pyruvic transaminase(GPT), red and white blood cell(RBC, WBC) counts and packed cell volume(PCV) did not differ within and among the diets. Likewise, the WBC differential count in both diets with either -AC or +AC were similar in trend. However, lymphocyte count was noted to be increased in R + AC than the R -AC diet. The addition of AC in both diets did not affect nutrient digestibilities within diets.
Keywords: Activated Carbon; Growth; Ruminal Characteristics; Blood Profiles; Digestibility

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