Nutrient Digestibility, Ruminal Fermentation Activities, Serum Parameters and Milk Production and Composition of Lactating Goats Fed Diets Containing Rice Straw Treated with Pleurotus ostreatus

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Asian-Australas J Anim Sci. 2014;27(3):357-364
1Dairy Science Department, National Research Centre, El Buhoth Street, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt
2Animal Production Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.
3Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Estado de México, México.
4Faculty of Agriculture, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt.
5Facultad de Ciencias Agrícolas, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Estado de México, México.
*Corresponding Author: A. Z. M. Salem. Tel: +20-521-722-296-55-42, Fax: +20-521-722-180-61-94, E-mail:
Received 2013 July 08; Revised 2013 November 04; Accepted 2013 September 26.


The study evaluated replacement of Egyptian berseem clover (BC, Trifolium alexandrinum) with spent rice straw (SRS) of Pleurotus ostreatus basidiomycete in diets of lactating Baladi goats. Nine lactating homo-parity Baladi goats (average BW 23.8±0.4 kg) at 7 d postpartum were used in a triplicate 3×3 Latin square design with 30 d experimental periods. Goats were fed a basal diet containing 0 (Control), 0.25 (SRS25) and 0.45 (SRS45) (w/w, DM basis) of SRS. The Control diet was berseem clover and concentrate mixture (1:1 DM basis). The SRS45 had lowered total feed intake and forages intake compared to Control. The SRS25 and SRS45 rations had the highest digestibilities of DM (p = 0.0241) and hemicellulose (p = 0.0021) compared to Control which had higher (p<0.01) digestibilities of OM (p = 0.0002) and CP (p = 0.0005) than SRS25 and SRS45. Ruminal pH and microbial protein synthesis were higher (p<0.0001) for SRS25 and SRS45 than Control, which also had the highest (p<0.0001) concentration of TVFA, total proteins, non-protein N, and ammonia-N. All values of serum constituents were within normal ranges. The Control ration had higher serum globulin (p = 0.0148), creatinine (p = 0.0150), glucose (p = 0.0002) and cholesterol (p = 0.0016). Both Control and SRS25 groups had the highest (p<0.05) milk (p = 0.0330) and energy corrected milk (p = 0.0290) yields. Fat content was higher (p = 0.0373) with SRS45 and SRS25 groups compared with Control. Replacement of BC with SRS in goat rations increased milk levels of conjugated linoleic acid and unsaturated fatty acids compared with Control. It was concluded that replacing 50% of Egyptian berseem clover with SRS in goat rations improved their productive performance without marked effects on metabolic indicators health.


Agricultural policy in Egypt is aimed to increase the area cultivated by alternative crops such as berseem clover (BC). Rice straw (RS) in Egypt, is a potential feed during the fall and winter for many small-scale livestock owners when rotational BC is unavailable. However only ~25% of the total amount of RS is fed to livestock (Steele et al., 2009). Use of RS as an animal feed is limited by its low nutritive value, mainly attributable to the crystalline structure of the cellulose fibrils surrounded by hemicellulose, and by the presence of lignin, which prevents enzymes penetration (Chahal and Chahal, 1998).

Biological delignification of straws by white-rot fungi may be a promising way to improve their nutritive value (Fazaeli et al., 2002). The organisms predominantly responsible for lignocellulose degradation are fungi, and the most effective are basidiomycetes (Rabinovich et al., 2004). Fungal lignocellulolytic enzymes break the polysaccharide-lignin complex. This would enhance the accessibility of enzymes to potentially digestible biomass resulting in higher degradation of the straw, which may create a more nutritious feed (Tawffek, 2011). Pleurotus fungi can grow on straw and decompose its structural carbohydrate (Fazaeli et al., 2002). The potential of Pleurotus ostreatus to reduce indigestible cell wall components and increase cell wall digestibility of straw has been reported (Fazaeli et al., 2002).

The aim of our study was to evaluate utilization of spent RS (SRS), by products of Pleurotus ostreatus cultivation, in the diet of dairy goats, and to assess the productive performance of lactating Baladi goats fed different levels of SRS as a replacement for BC.


Spent rice straw preparation

Mushroom cultivation was completed out at a mushroom farm at Cairo (Egypt) according to Oei (2005).

Briefly, The RS was weighed and soaked in water overnight and air-dried for 15 min. About 5 kg calcium carbonate/100 kg RS (w/w; DM basis) was added to maintain pH neutrality. The prepared RS was sterilized with 100°C water for 1 h and then after cooling to 20°C to 25°C, they were put into plastic bags (40×70 cm high). Substrates were inoculated with the fungus P. ostreatus. Bags were tightly closed, and pin holes were made on the surfaces, after which they were kept in at 25°C in the dark until mycelium formed for ~21 d. After mycelium formation, large holes were made in the polythene bags to allow normal development of fruit bodies. After mycelium formation, bags were put in growing rooms 22°C with a 12 h photoperiod (at 1,500 to 2,000 Lux) and 85% to 90% relative humidity. Adequate ventilation was provided to prevent increases of carbon dioxide concentration. Bags were collected after 7 weeks of incubation when the mushroom fruits were harvested twice, and sun dried.

Animals, feeding and experimental design

Nine Baladi goats of 23.8±0.4 kg of BW were divided into 3 groups of 3 goats. The goats were housed in tie stalls with free access to water. Three diets were formulated with 50:50 (DM) forage:concentrates ratio to meet their nutrient requirements when fed at 3% of BW (which was changed continuously based on changes in BW; Khattab et al., 2011). The Control diet consisted of Egyptian berseem clover (Trifolium alexandrinum) and concentrate mixture on a 1:1 DM basis. The other two diets contained 0.25 (SRS25) and 0.45 (SRS45) (w/w, DM basis) of SRS. Diets were fed to each goat at 08:00 and 16:00 h in equal portions. The ingredient and nutrient composition of the diets are in Table 1.

Chemical composition of dietary ingredients and experimental rations, g/kg on DM basis

The experimental periods were 30 d in a triplicate 3×3 Latin square design (three animals per cell). Feed intake and milk yield were measured on the last 7 d of each experimental period. Goats were hand milked at 09:00 and 21:00 h, and portions according to milk yield at each milking pooled for daily milk samples.

Fecal grab samples were collected daily during the last 3 d of each experimental period, dried at 60°C in a forced-air oven for 48 h and pooled by goat within period. Acid insoluble ash was used as an internal indigestibility marker where coefficients of digestion calculated according to Ferret et al. (1999).

Ruminal fermentation and blood chemistry

On the last day of each experimental period, fermentation characteristics were determined at 0, 3, and 6 h post morning feeding. Rumen contents (100 mL) were sampled in the area of the ventral blind sac with a composite sample strained through 4 layers of cheesecloth. The pH of ruminal fluid was immediately determined using a pH meter (model M90, Corning Inc., Corning, NY, USA). Strained rumen liquor was stored in 45 mL glass bottles, with adding few drops of toluene and paraffin oil just to cover the surface, and stored at −20°C for later analysis of total N (TN), non-protein N (NPN), ammonia-N, microbial protein and total volatile fatty acid (TVFA).

On the last day of the experimental period, 10 mL of blood from each goat was collected into a clean dry tube from the jugular vein 4 h after feeding. Blood samples were centrifuged at 4,000×g at 4°C for 20 min. Serum was separated into clean dried glass vials and frozen at −20°C until analysis.

Chemical analysis

Dried feed samples was ground through a Wiley mill (Arthur H. Thomas, Philadelphia, PA, USA) using a 1 mm screen. Samples of feed, feed orts and feces were analyzed for DM (#930.15), N (#954.01), and ether extract (EE; #920.39), according to AOAC (1995), while fiber fractionation (i.e. neutral detergent fiber, NDF and acid detergent fiber, ADF) were completed according to Van Soest et al. (1991). Protein solubility of some ingredients were determined according to Araba and Dale (1990). True protein was determined according to Kim et al. (2011) using trichloroacetic acid. NPN was calculated by deducting true protein N from TN. Milk samples were analyzed using Foss 120 Milko-Scan, Foss Electric, Hillerød, Denmark.

A digital pH meter with a glass electrode was used to determine ruminal pH, which were also analyzed for TVFA according to Warner (1964). TN, NPN and ammonia N were analyzed as described by AOAC (1995). Microbial N was determined according to the method of Makkar et al. (1982) using tungstic acid.

Serum samples were analyzed using specific kits obtained from Stanbio Laboratory, Boerne, Texas, USA. Total protein (Cannon et al., 1974), albumin (Dumas and Biggs, 1972), urea (Henry et al., 1974), creatinine (Spierto et al., 1979), glucose (Howanitz and Howanitz, 1984), cholesterol (Stein, 1986) and triglycerides (Scheletter and Nussel, 1975). However, serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) were determined colorimetrically according to AST and ALT kits (Quimica Clinica Aplicada S.A., Spain) based on reaction of Reitman and Frankel (1957).

Milk fatty acids were determined using methyl esters prepared by base-catalyzed methanolysis of the glycerides (KOH in methanol) according to International Standards (ISO-IDF, 2002). Fatty acid methyl esters were separated using a Cp-Sil 88 fused-silica capillary column (100 m× 0.25 mm i.d.x 0.2 μm film thickness, Chrompack, Middelburg, Netherlands) on a Perkin-Elmer chromatograph (model 8420, Beaconsfield, Perkin Elmer, Beaconsfield, UK) equipped with a flame ionization detector.

Calculations and statistical analysis

Energy corrected milk was calculated according to Sjaunja et al. (1991).

All data except ruminal parameters were analyzed as a triplicate 3×3 Latin square using PROC MIXED of SAS (2001, Ver.8.02, SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, USA). The statistical model included a random effect of goat with period and treatment as fixed effects. The TVFA and ammonia N data were analyzed as repeated measurements in time with PROC MIXED of SAS using the following model:


where: Y expressed the every observation of the jth animal in the kth sampling time given ith treatment, T (1–3) expressed the treatments effect, A (T) expressed the animal within treatments, S (1–3) expressed the sampling time effect, T×S expressed the interaction between the treatments and sampling times and E expressed the experimental error.

Differences among means were determined using Duncan’s multiple range test (Duncan, 1955).


The energy values for the compounded rations, expressed as digestible energy (DE), metabolizable energy (ME) and net energy for lactation (NEL), declined slightly as SRS inclusion levels increased.

The SRS45 lowered (p = 0.0114) total DM intake as well as DM intake from forages (p = 0.0061) compared with Control (Table 2). However goats fed increasing levels of SRS consumed less (p = 0.0061) DM from forage. Feeding SRS25 and SRS45 rations to goats increased (p<0.05) digestibilities of DM (p = 0.0241) and hemicellulose (p = 0.0021) compared to Control. However the Control ration had higher digestibilities for OM (p = 0.0002) and CP (p = 0.0005) than the SRS groups.

Effect of replacing berseem clover with spent rice straw on dry matter intake, nutrient digestibilities, and diets’ nutritive values (n = 9)

The Control ration had the highest (p<0.0001) concentrations of ruminal TVFA, TN, NPN, and ammonia-N (Table 3). In contrast, the SRS25 and SRS45 groups had higher (p<0.0001) ruminal pH and microbial protein.

Effect of replacing berseem clover with spent rice straw on ruminal fermentation parameters and microbial protein synthesis (n = 9)

All serum constituents’ value were within normal ranges (Table 4; Boyd, 2011). The Control ration increased (p< 0.01) serum globulin (p = 0.0148), creatinine (p = 0.0150) and glucose (p = 0.0002) compared to SRS25 and SRS45. While the SRS25 and SRS45 groups had lower (p<0.05) serum cholesterol (p = 0.0016). There were no differences (p>0.05) for serum total proteins, urea, AST, ALT, and triglycerides.

Effect of replacing berseem clover with spent rice straw on blood serum parameters (n = 9)

The SRS45 goats had lower (p = 0.0330) milk and energy corrected milk (p = 0.0290) yields than Control and SRS25 (Table 5), but the SRS25 and SRS45 diets had higher (p = 0.0373) milk fat than Control. They also had higher (p = 0.0392) milk protein than Control.

Effect of replacing berseem clover with spent rice straw on milk yield, milk composition and feed efficiency (n = 9)

The most abundant fatty acid (Table 6) for all treatments was palmitic acid (C16:0) followed by elaidic acid (C18:1n9t), capric acid (C10:0) and stearic acid (C18:0). The Control ration had higher values of saturated fatty acids (p = 0.0461), medium-chain fatty acids (p = 0.4424), while the SRS25 and SRS45 rations had higher content of unsaturated fatty acids (p = 0.0752), monounsaturated fatty acids (p = 0.7450), polyunsaturated fatty acids (p = 0.0896), long-chain fatty acids (p = 0.7065) and conjugated linoleic acid (p = 0.0445) compared to Control.

Effect of replacing berseem clover with spent rice straw on milk fatty acids profile (mg/FA) of lactating goats n = 9


Dry matter intake and nutrients digestibility

The decreased forage DM with increasing levels of SRS in the diet may be because BC is more palatable than SRS, or as a result of excessive rumen undegradable protein (RUP) in the SRS rations (Tomlinson et al., 1997).

The increased content of ash in rations as SRS levels increased may have been responsible for the decreased digestibility of OM due to the protection of fibrous materials from the attack by rumen microbes. The decreased CP digestibility in rations as SRS levels increased may be because BC contains higher levels of soluble CP compared with SRS (Table 1; Owens and Bergen, 1983), and/or because some of the N in SRS originates from mycelium and the mushroom fruit body. Mycelium N may be partly complexed with chitin that would not be easily digested (Fazaeli and Talebian Masoodi, 2006). Increased ADF and NDF digestibilities for the SRS25 and SRS45 rations may be a result of enzymatic hydrolysis by the fungus P. ostreatus, which reduced indigestible cell wall components and increased straw DM digestibility (Singh et al., 1990).

Rumen kinetics

Total VFAs concentration in the rumen depends on factors such as digestibility, rate of absorption, rumen pH, rate of digesta passage from rumen to other parts of the digestive tract as well as the microbial population in the rumen and their activities (Flatt et al., 1956). A higher pH is favorable for bacterial adherence, an important prerequisite for fiber digestion (Palmonari et al., 2010). Compounds containing calcium used for fungal growth may be possibly responsible for the increased pH values with rations containing SRS.

Rumen levels of TN and NPN depends on many factors. The most important is the dietary CP solubility. Berseem clover contains highly soluble protein compared with the SRS, which likely led to lower ruminal TN, and NPN with the SRS rations. The high solubility of BC crude protein likely released more ammonia and amino acids in the rumen. Ruminal true protein-N can reflect the high content of true protein-N in the SRS, and the low degradability of this protein in the rumen compared with the highly degradable protein of BC in the rumen. Ammonia-N levels are consistent with ruminal TN and NPN levels. Higher ammonia N concentrations in the SRS groups was, associated with higher ruminal TVFA, which are indicators of higher fermentation rate in Control.

Intermediate dietary levels of soluble and degradable CP in SRS25 led to more microbial CP. Microbial CP has an important impact on the quantity and quality of metabolizable protein absorbed from the small intestine. Microbial protein is highly digestible in the small intestine, and its amino acid profile is close to that which ruminants require (Oba and Allen, 2003).

Blood biochemical parameters

Serum total protein reflects the nutritional status of the animal and it has a positive correlation with dietary protein intake (Kumar et al., 1980). The slight decrease of serum albumin for SRS45 and Control rations may be due to increased CP content of the Control and SRS25 rations and to higher OM and CP digestibility. The data clearly indicated no pathological lesions in the liver, since the liver is the main site of serum albumin synthesis. It is interesting that serum urea intake followed the same trend as rumen ammonia-N, where the SRS groups had lower serum urea and rumen ammonia-N levels than Control, possibly due to the linear relationship between blood urea-N and intake of degradable CP (Wright et al., 1998). Blood urea-N reflects the proportion of dietary CP, the ratio of dietary CP to ruminally fermentable OM, and postruminal protein metabolism (Roseler et al., 1993).

Serum urea and serum creatinine concentrations did not indicate catabolism of muscles protein catabolism situation and kidney function was not adversely affected by the any ration. Generally, serum creatinine is an indicator of glomerular filtration in the kidney. The higher serum glucose with Control may be due to higher OM digestibility and higher TVFA in the rumen of Control goats. It is of interest that blood serum glucose of the SRS groups followed the same trend as their milk yield, which may confirm results of Clark et al. (1977) who claimed a positive relationship between blood serum glucose and milk yield. That the SRS rations caused a decrease in serum triglyceride cholesterol concentration compared with Control may be due to the presence of mycelium and mushroom byproducts in the SRS, which may be responsible for the lower blood serum triglycerides (Sahloul et al., 2010).

Milk yield and milk components

There is little data in the literature regarding the lactational performance of lactating ruminants fed P. ostreatus treated rice straw. Despite the lack of differences in DM among the diets, there were decreases in milk yield. These findings could reflect constituents of the BC, which provided additional energy to the goats of Control comparing with SRS25 and SRS45. For example, there were relationships between milk yield and serum glucose. The higher milk yield with Control and SRS25 diets may be due to the higher CP content of the Control and SRS25 rations and higher CP digestibilities and/or higher TVFA levels in the rumen of Control and SRS25 goats.

Higher milk fat levels for SRS goats could be related to the higher digestibilities of ADF and NDF of these rations and/or could be related to more VFA produced in the rumen of goats fed the SRS rations. Increases of milk protein level with the SRS rations may be due to an increased CP content of the SRS25 ration, higher CP, DM and fiber fraction digestibilities, and higher rumen fermentation of SRS25 compared to SRS45 goats.

Fatty acids originated from plasma (60%) or by the de novo synthesis in the mammary gland from acetate and 2-hydroxybutyrate originating from rumen fermentation involving acetyl CoA carboxylase enzymes and fatty acid synthetase (Mesquita et al., 2008). Polyunsaturated acids are not synthesized by ruminants, so that their concentration in milk depends on the amount of them absorbed from the intestines. The increase in the SRS level of the diet proportionally decreased the BC level and hence availability of unsaturated fatty acids to be used by the mammary gland to syntheses milk lipids (Mesquita et al., 2008).

Under this study conditions, replacing 50% of BC in rations of Baladi lactating goats with SRS improved the performance of lactating goats without any adverse effect on animals’ health. On the contrary, increasing SRS as high as 45% of total mixed ration of goats may negatively affect the performance of these goats.


This study has importance because it relates to reducing environmental impacts from rice straw burning. Moreover, it has economic importance because it introduces an inexpensive livestock feed which could aid in reducing endemic feed shortages for animal production in Egypt and other rice growing countries.


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Table 1

Chemical composition of dietary ingredients and experimental rations, g/kg on DM basis

Dry matter Organic matter Crude protein Ether extract Neutral detergent fiber Acid detergent fiber Acid detergent lignin Hemicellulose Cellulose Soluble protein Insoluble protein True protein N Non-protein N
Dietary ingredients
 Berseem clover 104.0 851.6 139.2 38.0 506.3 349.3 49.6 156.9 299.8 674.0 326.0 717.9 282.1
 Spent rice straw 830.9 708.9 116.5 26.5 396.1 301.9 42.8 94.2 259.1 547.0 453.0 813.3 186.7
 Concentrate mixture1 863.2 863.8 170.9 60.0 455.9 257.1 47.8 198.8 209.3 - - - -
Experimental rations2
 Control 483.6 857.7 155.0 49.0 481.1 303.2 48.7 177.9 254.5 - - - -
 SRS25 665.3 822.0 149.4 46.1 453.6 291.4 47.0 162.2 244.4 - - - -
 SRS45 810.7 793.5 144.8 43.8 431.5 281.9 45.6 149.7 236.2 - - - -

Concentrate mixture: 25% un-decorticated cotton seed cake, 21% wheat bran, 50% yellow corn, 2% limestone and 1% salt, 1% mineral and vitamin mixture (contained, per kg: 4.5% Ca, 2.5% P, 6.6% Na, 1.5% Mg, 1.2% K, 0.11% S, 1,372 mg of Fe, 1,032 mg of Mn, 1,500 mg of Zn, 247 mg of Cu, 16 mg of I, 16 mg of Co, 10 mg of Se, 185,000 IU of vitamin A, 32,500 IU of vitamin D3, and 900 IU of vitamin E).


Control = 50% concentrate mixture+50% berseem clover, T1 = 50% concentrate mixture+25% berseem clover+25% spent rice straw, T2 = 50% concentrate mixture+5% berseem clover+45% spent rice straw.


Calculated according to NRC (2001).

Table 2

Effect of replacing berseem clover with spent rice straw on dry matter intake, nutrient digestibilities, and diets’ nutritive values (n = 9)

Diets1 SEM p value

Control SRS25 SRS45
Dry matter intake (g/d)
 Concentrate 353.3 359.5 359.4 9.11 0.1400
 Forage 353.3a 346.6ab 326.7b 9.20 0.0061
 Total 706.6 706.1 686.1 12.92 0.0114
Nutrient digestibilities (%)
 Dry matter 57.88b 62.36a 59.18ab 1.11 0.0241
 Organic matter 64.02a 61.30a 55.93b 1.15 0.0002
 Crude protein 63.02a 59.70ab 56.01b 1.09 0.0005
 Ether extract 59.71 60.42 61.73 1.19 0.5380
 Neutral detergent fiber 56.92b 60.33a 59.65ab 1.10 0.0869
 Acid detergent fiber 59.80 60.80 60.86 1.12 0.7609
 Hemicellulose 52.45b 59.52a 57.52ab 1.19 0.0021
 Cellulose 60.40 60.90 58.15 1.13 0.2145
DCP (g/kg)2 97.7 89.2 81.1
DE (Mcal/kg)2 2.5 2.4 2.2
ME (Mcal/kg)2 2.1 1.9 1.8
NEL (Mcal/kg)2 1.3 1.2 1.1

Means with different superscripts in the same raw are significant (p<0.05).


Diets contained per kg: Control: 500 g concentrate mixture+500 g berseem clover, SRS25: 500 g concentrate mixture+250 g berseem clover+250 g spent rice straw; SRS45: 500 g concentrate mixture+50 g berseem clover+450 g spent rice straw.


Calculated according to NRC (2001); DCP = Digestible crude protein; DE = Digestible energy; ME = Metabolizable energy; NEL = Net energy for lactation.

Table 3

Effect of replacing berseem clover with spent rice straw on ruminal fermentation parameters and microbial protein synthesis (n = 9)

Diets1 SEM p value

Control SRS25 SRS45
pH 6.49b 6.63a 6.64a 0.092 <0.0001
TVFA (meq/dL) 10.8a 9.3b 8.9c 0.14 <0.0001
Ammonia-N (mg/dL) 23.8a 20.6b 19.0c 3.23 <0.0001
Microbial protein (mg/dL) 146.5c 178.8a 159.9b 5.22 <0.0001
Total nitrogen (mg/dL) 99.2a 93.9b 90.1c 3.33 <0.0001
Non-protein nitrogen (mg/dL) 42.0a 35.8b 32.5c 3.50 <0.0001
True protein nitrogen (mg/dL) 57.2 b 58.1 a 57.7 b 3.40 <0.0001

Means with different superscripts in the same row differ (p<0.05).


Diets contained per kg: Control = 500 g concentrate mixture+500 g berseem clover, SRS25 = 500 g concentrate mixture+250 g berseem clover+250 g spent rice straw; SRS45 = 500 g concentrate mixture+50 g berseem clover+450 g spent rice straw.

Table 4

Effect of replacing berseem clover with spent rice straw on blood serum parameters (n = 9)

Diets1 SEM p value

Control SRS25 SRS45
Total proteins (g/dL) 6.31 5.98 5.98 0.114 0.0853
Albumin (g/dL) 3.04ab 3.15a 2.93b 0.079 0.0812
Globulin (g/dL) 3.27a 2.83b 3.05ab 0.114 0.0148
Urea (mg/dL) 43. 5 42.8 41.7 0.31 0.1172
Creatinine (mg/dL) 1.05a 0.97b 1.00b 0.043 0.0150
Serum aspartate aminotransferase (units/dL) 23.4 23. 7 24. 1 2.99 0.6697
Alanin aminotransferase (units/dL) 14. 9 14. 8 14.2 3.11 0.5925
Glucose (mg/dL) 67.4a 63.5b 61. 8b 3.21 0.0002
Triglycerides (mg/dL) 173.6 169.1 167.6 5.77 0.1149
Cholesterol (mg/dL) 119.5a 116.2b 115. 8b 3.33 0.0016

Means with different superscripts in the same row differ (p<0.05).


Diets contained per kg: Control = 500 g concentrate mixture+500 g berseem clover, SRS25 = 500 g concentrate mixture+250 g berseem clover+250 g spent rice straw; SRS45 = 500 g concentrate mixture+50 g berseem clover+450 g spent rice straw.

Table 5

Effect of replacing berseem clover with spent rice straw on milk yield, milk composition and feed efficiency (n = 9)

Diets SEM p value

Control SRS25 SRS45
Milk yield (g/d) 966.1a 953.7a 802.4b 14.22 0.0330
Fat corrected milk at 4% (g/d) 880.4ab 924.5a 798.3b 16.54 0.1402
Energy corrected milk (g/d) 898.9a 920.1a 665.4b 18.44 0.0290
Milk composition (g/kg)
 Fat 34.2b 38.0ab 40.1a 2.99 0.0373
 Total solids, 125 128 129 4.4 0.3816
 Solids not fat 90.4 90.3 89.3 4.51 0.7055
 Total proteins 36.4 40.2 38.1 2.72 0.0392
 Lactose 47.5 43.6 42.7 4.51 0.5601
 Ash 6.6 6.9 8.5 0.27 0.5992
 pH value 6.90 6.95 6.86 0.069 0.8181
Feed efficiency
 Fat corrected milk/DM intake 1.25 1.33 1.17 1.836 0.1132
 Energy corrected milk/DM intake 1.28a 1.33a 0.97b 0.102 0.0885

Means with different superscripts in the same row differ (p<0.05).


Diets contained per kg: Control = 500 g concentrate mixture+500 g berseem clover, SRS25 = 500 g concentrate mixture+250 g berseem clover+250 g spent rice straw; SRS45 = 500 g concentrate mixture+50 g berseem clover+450 g spent rice straw.

Table 6

Effect of replacing berseem clover with spent rice straw on milk fatty acids profile (mg/FA) of lactating goats n = 9

Diets1 SEM p value

Control SRS25 SRS45
C4:0 4.62 4.02 6.39 0.314 0.0410
C6:0 1.56 1.44 1.31 0.140 0.1475
C8:0 2.37 2.53 2.34 0.145 0.1688
C10:0 10.04 9.09 8.92 0.291 0.5148
C11:0 0.10 0.04 ND 0.051 0.4025
C12:0 4.30 3.69 3.73 0.212 0.8929
C13:0 ND 0.18 0.03 0.061 0.2150
C14:0 9.75 8.43 8.78 0.303 0.9575
C14.1 0.19b 0.37a 0.08b 0.061 0.0477
C15:0 1.46 0.62 0.52 0.132 0.2772
C16:0 35.65a 25.46b 26.37b 0.398 0.1190
C16.1 1.04 0.95 0.66 0.104 0.3523
C17:0 0.38 0.60 0.75 0.102 0.5861
C18:0 11.26b 14.42a 16.15a 0.307 0.2143
C18:1n9t 11.72 19.22 13.84 0.582 0.8530
C18:1n9c 0.49 2.01 0.72 0.204 0.4141
C18:2 ND 0.15 ND 0.257 0.4934
C18:2.n6t 1.37 0.50 1.88 0.211 0.0308
C18:2n6c 0.68b 2.24a 2.73a 0.245 0.1369
C20:0 0.35 1.96 2.34 0.090 0.1402
C18:3n6 0.70a 0.12b 0.21b 0.139 0.2251
C20:1 1.55 0.39 0.63 0.211 0.4991
C20:2 0.12 0.11 1.30 0.058 0.3179
C18:3n3 0.30 0.12 0.24 0.086 0.2799
C21:0 ND 0.30 0.07 0.197 0.5000
SFA 81.84a 72.78b 77.7ab 0.555 0.0461
USFA 18.16b 27.22a 22.39ab 0.355 0.0752
MUFA 14.99 22.94 15.93 0.571 0.7450
PUFA 3.17b 4.28ab 6.37a 0.291 0.0896
SCFA 4.62 4.02 6.39 0.249 0.7410
MCFA 18.37a 16.79b 16.30b 0.399 0.4424
LCFA 77.01 79.19 77.31 0.558 0.7065
CLA 2.05b 2.89b 4.61a 0.252 0.0445

Means with different superscripts in the same row differ (p<0.05).

SFA = Saturated fatty acids; USFA = Unsaturated fatty acids; MUFA = Monounsaturated fatty acids; PUFA = Polyunsaturated fatty acids; SCFA = Short-chain fatty acids (C4–C5); MCFA = Medium-chain fatty acids (C6–C12); LCFA = Long-chain fatty acids (C13–C21); USFA = Unsaturated fatty acids; CLA = Conjugated linoleic acid; ND = Not detected.


Diets contained per kg: Control = 500 g concentrate mixture+500 g berseem clover, SRS25 = 500 g concentrate mixture+250 g berseem clover+250 g spent rice straw; SRS45 = 500 g concentrate mixture+50 g berseem clover+450 g spent rice straw.