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Ning, Yuan, Wang, Peng, and Guo: The Net Energy Values of Corn, Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles and Wheat Bran for Laying Hens Using Indirect Calorimetry Method


The present study was conducted to estimate the NE values of corn, dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and wheat bran (WB) for laying hens based on an indirect calorimetry method and nitrogen balance measurements. A total of 576 twenty-eight-wk-old Dwarf Pink-shell laying hens were randomly assigned to four groups fed a basal diet (BD) or a combination of BD with 50% corn or 20% DDGS or 20% WB, with four replicates each. After a 7-d adaptation period, each replicate with 36 hens were kept in one of the two respiration chambers to measure the heat production (HP) for 6 days during the feeding period and subsequent 3-d fasting. The equilibrium fasting HP (FHP) provided an estimate of NE requirements for maintenance (NEm). The NE values of test feedstuffs was estimated using the difference method. Results showed that the heat increment that contributed 35.34 to 37.85% of ME intake was not influenced by experimental diets (p>0.05) when expressed as Mcal/kg of DM feed intake. Lighting increased the HP in hens in an fed-state. The FHP decreased over time (p<0.05) with the lowest value determined on the third day of starvation. No significant difference between treatments was found on FHP of d 3 (p>0.05). The estimated AME, AMEn, and NE values were 3.46, 3.44 and 2.25 Mcal/kg DM for corn, 3.11, 2.79, and 1.80 Mcal/kg DM for DDGS, 2.14, 2.10, and 1.14 Mcal/kg DM for WB, respectively. The net availability of AME of corn tended to be numerically higher than DDGS and WB (p = 0.096). In conclusion, compared with corn, the energy values of DDGS and WB were overestimated when expressed on an AME basis.


As the energy accounts for the greatest proportion of feed costs, an accurate estimate of the energy value of raw materials is extremely important for reducing the cost of poultry feed. Evaluation of energy content of poultry feeds is usually based on ME value (NRC, 1994). The NE system, which allows the heat increment (HI) of feeding to be calculated, theoretically provides an energy value closest to the “true” energy value of the feed (Noblet et al., 1994a, b).
In the past several years (Noblet et al., 1994a) interest has increased in predicting NE values of feeds for pigs based on their digestible nutrient levels or from DE or ME and chemical characteristics or from chemical composition. However, the objective of NE system cannot be achieved completely because NE equations make no allowance for variation in such factors as body weight or physiological state of an animal and so on (Birkett and de Lange, 2001b). This leads to limited use of different NE values for the same ingredient depending on the type of production (i.e. for maintenance only, or for growth).
An indirect calorimetry technique was frequently used to measure dietary NE values. Based on tube feeding, Sarmiento-Franco et al. (2000) using an indirect calorimetry method found that lighting schedules may indirectly affect the estimated NE values of two high fiber feedstuffs in cockerels. A factorial analysis procedure was usually used to estimate NE values of diets that combines NE for maintenance (NEm) and production (Noblet et al., 1994a, b). However, NEm is difficult to measure directly, the equilibrium fasting heat production (FHP) is frequently used to estimate NEm (Birkett and de Lange, 2001a, b). But it is difficult to assess how long hens should be fasted when calculating the FHP. Li et al. (1991) found that the heat production (HP) associated with feeding in laying hens had disappeared after 22 h of fasting. However, the results of O’Neill and Jackson (1974) and Sakomura et al. (2005) showed that the variability between hens of different genotypes and the experimental methodology may influence the estimation of FHP.
A few NE values of feed ingredients for laying hens have been obtained experimentally (Wang et al., 2010b). The objective of the present study was to evaluate the energy values of corn, dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and wheat bran (WB) and discuss the factors that affect the accuracy of estimated NE values for laying hens based on indirect calorimetry method. The NE values of test ingredients were estimated using the difference method according to their substitution ratio in the basal diet.


Raw materials

For the corn, DDGS (Jilin Procince New Tian Long Wine Co., Ltd., China) and wheat bran samples, the methods of AOAC (1990) were used for measuring dry matter (DM), crude protein (CP), and ether extract (EE). Neutral detergent fiber (NDF) and acid detergent fiber (ADF) were measured after amylolytic pretreatment according to the methods of Van Soest and Wine (1967). Gross energy (GE) content was measured with an adiabatic bomb calorimeter. The chemical composition and GE of the ingredients are shown in Table 1.

Experimental design and diets

The study protocol was approved and conducted in accordance with the Animal Ethics Committee guidelines of China Agricultural University.
A total of 576 twenty-eight-wk-old Dwarf Pink-shell laying hens (Dwarf brown×Leghorn) were selected at approximately 1.07±0.02 kg body weight (BW) and randomly allocated into four dietary treatments with four replicates per treatment and 36 hens per replicate. The four experimental diets were basal diet (BD), basal diet substituted by 50% of corn (CBD), basal diet substituted by 20% of DDGS (DBD) and basal diet substituted by 20% of WB (WBD). Experimental periods for each replicate consisted of 7 days of adaptation to dietary treatments followed by indirect calorimetry and 7 days N-balance measurements in one of two open-circuit respiration chambers. An adaptation period of 7 days was chosen to adjust to the new experimental diet. Ingredients and nutrient composition of the basal diet are shown in Table 2.

Indirect calorimetry and nitrogen balance measurements

Each respiration chamber was equipped with two tiers of 12 metabolic cages (39×37×40 cm) each with three hens. Every three cages included one tray to collect the excreta of hens. The door of each respiration chamber contained a window that allowed for general observation of the birds. Temperature in the respiration chambers was set at 20±1°C. Relative humidity was 70%.
One replicate of 36 hens was kept in one of the two respiration chambers for 7 d periods. In the respiration chambers, hens were fed an experimental diet daily at 08: 00 from d 1 to 4, during which the lighting cycle was 16 h light: 8 h dark, lighting was switched on and off at 08:00 and 24:00. Free access to water was allowed from nipple drinkers at all times. The first day served as adjustment to the new environment and was not considered in the final calculations. Measurements of O2 consumption and production of CO2 were made on d 2 to 4 in hens under the fed-state. On d 5 to 7, O2 consumption and CO2 production were measured in fasting hens without lighting. Hens were weighed before assigning to chambers and at the start and end of measuring fasting HP. Changes in gas concentrations by measuring O2 consumption and CO2 production were recorded at three minutes intervals and, combined with physical aspects of gas exchanges (changes in atmospheric pressure, relative humidity, gas extraction rates), were used to calculate daily total HP (van Milgen et al., 1997).
Heat production in hens was calculated without correction for N retention (Spratt et al., 1990) according to the equation proposed by Brouwer (1957): HP = 16.18×VO2 +5.02×VCO2, where VO2 and VCO2 are volumes of gas. Since hens were fed diets daily by opening the door of chambers at 08:00, the unstable data from 08:00 to 09:00 was deleted, and the daily total HP was calculated by extrapolation of the actual measurement made during approximately 23 h to a 24 h period. The respiration quotient (RQ) was determined as the volume of CO2 produced, divided by the volume of O2 consumed.
Excreta were collected daily from three-adjoining cages on d 2 to 4, pooled and frozen so that there were four samples per replicate. Samples of experimental diets and excreta (free of feathers, scales, and cracked eggs) were dried in a forced-air oven at 65°C to constant weight and then ground to a consistent particle size for subsequent measurement of total N and GE, measured using a Kjeldahl apparatus (KDY-9380, Shanghai, China) and an oxygen bomb calorimeter (WZR-I A, Changsha, China), respectively. Retained nitrogen (RN) was calculated on a daily basis as the difference between N intake and N in the excreta. A sample of each diet was collected and its DM content was measured for DM intake determination. The AME values of experimental diets were calculated by subtracting GE excreted from GE intake and dividing this value by DM intake, whereas diet AMEn values were corrected to zero N retention using a value of 8.22 kcal/g of N retained (Hill and Anderson, 1958).
Retained energy (RE) was defined on a daily basis as the difference between AME intake (MEI) and HP of feeding. Since FHP in laying hens is likely to be less affected by activity under dark condition, the equilibrium FHP may provide an estimate of NEm. Dietary HI was calculated as the difference between HP of feeding and equilibrium FHP. According to Noblet et al. (1994a), NE intake of diets was calculated as equilibrium FHP plus RE. Results concerning MEI, HP, RN, RE, HI, and FHP were expressed as kcal/kg BW0.75 per d. The final dietary AME, AMEn and NE contents were expressed as megacalories per kilogram of DM intake (Mcal/kg DM) and correspond to the mean measurements carried out in the four replicates.
Values for AME, AMEn and NE of the test ingredients were calculated according to the difference method (Noblet et al., 1994b):
AME=[(AMEtest diet-AMEbasal diet×(1-Ctest)]/CtestAMEn=[(AMEntest diet-AMEnbasal diet×(1-Ctest)]/CtestNE=[(NEtest diet-NEbasal diet×(1-Ctest)]/Ctest
Where AMEtest diet and NEtest diet are the AME and NE values of experimental diets; Ctest is the substitution ratio of test ingredients.

Statistical analysis

The data of FHP and RQ during the fasting period were analyzed by two-way ANOVA using GLM (Univariate) procedure of SPSS 17.0 for the interactive effects of diets and fasting time. Duncan’s multiple-range test was used to separate means that significantly differed at p<0.05. All the other data except the data of FHP and RQ were analyzed by one-way ANOVA of SPSS 17.0. The significance of differences among four treatment means was evaluated by least significant difference (LSD) post-hoc multiple comparisons test. Significance was p<0.05 and tendency was 0.05<p<0.1 unless otherwise stated.


General observations

Throughout the experiments, no apparent animal health or technical problems were observed in the laying hens. As shown in Table 3, during d 2 to 4 in the respiration chambers, the feed intake of hens fed with DBD was significantly greater than those of the other three treatments (p<0.05). However, no difference was found among the other three dietary treatments. The RN in hens fed with BD and DBD was higher than that for the WBD and CBD treatments (p<0.05).

Components of energy expenditure

The energy balance was measured during d 2 to 4 in the respiration chambers. As shown in Table 3, compared with the BD treatment, the ME intake and RE was greater for CBD and DBD groups (p<0.05) but lower for WBD group (p<0.05). Among the four dietary treatments, hens fed with DBD had the highest HP (Table 3 and Figure 1) and HI, while WBD group had the lowest value (p<0.05). Hens fed with WBD consumed 186.62 kcal AME/kg BW0.75 per d, which occupied about 80% of ME intake for the DBD treatment (p<0.05). Both RE and HP in hens increased with ME intake level (p<0.05) from 47.12 and 138.51 kcal/kg BW0.75 per d for the WBD treatment to 77.12 and 158.40 kcal/kg BW0.75 per d for the DBD treatment, respectively.
The HI associated with feeding, expressed as kcal/kg BW0.75 per d, accounted for 51% to 56% of total HP and 35.34% to 37.85% of MEI among the four dietary treatments. However, when expressed as Mcal/kg of DM feed intake, there were no significant difference for HI and HI:MEI across treatments.
As shown in Table 3, the highest AME, AMEn and NE values of the four experimental diets was for CBD, while the lowest was for WBD (p<0.05). No significant differences were found in energy values between the BD and DBD treatments. The efficiency of NE:AME was not influenced by dietary treatment (p>0.05).
There was a pronounced diurnal rhythm in HP during feeding (Figure 1). The HP in hens fed with experimental diets was higher during light period than that without lighting (p<0.05).

HP and RQ in hens during fasting period

As shown in Table 4, the RQ and FHP in hens was not significantly influenced by the interaction between fasting time and diets (p>0.05). The RQ in hens on the first day of starvation was higher than that on the second and third days (p<0.05). The FHP decreased over the fasting time (p<0.05).
Experimental diets affected the values of RQ and FHP (p<0.05, Table 4). The RQ in hens fed with WBD was lower than that for BD and CBD treatments. The hens fed with BD had the highest FHP, while the DBD and WBD treatments had the lowest value (p<0.05). However, during the third day of starvation, no significant difference was found in FHP (p>0.05, Table 3).

Energy values and utilization efficiencies of the test ingredients

As shown in Table 5, the AME and AMEn values of the test ingredients were in the order: corn>DDGS>WB (p<0.05). The net availability of AME of corn tended to be numerically higher than DDGS and WB (p = 0.096). The combination of higher AME and NE/AME ratio resulted in corn having the largest NE value, while WB had the lowest NE value (p<0.05).


Effect of experimental diets on components of energy expenditure

Compared with the BD group in the present study, low protein content of corn probably lead to the lower RN in hens fed with CBD, while high protein content of DDGS and more feed intake yielded larger RN for the DBD treatment. The increase in ME intake was associated with higher RN and RE in the present study, similar results were obtained for growing broilers (Macleod, 1990). However, the RQ under the fed-state did not increase with the ME intake, which was different from the results with turkeys (Macleod et al., 1985). The RE contained both body energy and egg energy. The WBD group had the lowest RQ, indicating that little body energy was used for egg production (Spratt et al., 1990).
Across treatments, HI (including HP associated with activity) contributed 51%-56% to total HP in hens, and the variability between ME intakes may be the cause of the discrepancies (Latshaw and Moritz, 2009). Additionally, Shannon and Brown (1969) reported that the HI of feeding could also be affected by the chemical composition of feedstuffs as proteins and carbohydrates produce more HI than fat. For the three test ingredients, the CP and EE contents was lowest for corn while highest for DDGS. Dietary composition did not influence the HI when expressed as kcal/kg in the present study, which might be due to the different CP and EE contents. HI varied between 35.3% and 37.9% of ME intake, suggesting that dietary treatment exerted little influence on the efficiency of deriving available energy from ME intake, which then led to increased dietary NE values with their AME values in the present study.

Effect of light on HP

A pronounced diurnal rhythm in HP during feeding was observed. The increased HP during light period in the present study agreed with the findings of Sarmiento-Franco et al. (2000) and Li et al. (1992) reported that HP declined with decreasing light intensity in laying hens, which was considered to result from changes in physical activity. Considering that light may stimulate physical activity for laying hens, the same feedstuff may have different NE values at different physiological stages due to the change of lighting cycle.

Effects of experimental diets on HP and RQ during fasting period

It is difficult to assess how long laying hens should be fasted before FHP will not be influenced by previous ME intake levels. Li et al. (1991) found that HP in laying hens after 46 h of starvation did not differ from that after 22 h of fasting. It was suggested that the HP associated with feeding had disappeared after 22 h of diet deprivation, but the present findings failed to observe an equilibrium FHP on the first and second days, and it was likely that the HP from dietary nutrient metabolism had not disappeared in such a short time. As the fasting time prolonged, the FHP on the third day did not make a marked difference, and the RQ dropped to 0.78, which indicated that hens mobilized more body fat to sustain energy metabolism (Macleod et al., 1985). It was considered that the HP associated with feeding had not been eliminated until two days of fast. Accordingly, an equilibrium FHP could be obtained on the third day of starvation for laying hens.
The equilibrium FHP, as measured in the present study was about 70.55 kcal/kg BW0.75 per d, is frequently used to estimate activity-free NEm that is best expressed as energy needs at tissue level to support basic functions under a non-producing status (Birkett and de Lange, 2001a, b). Similar results (71.16 and 72.69 kcal/kg BW0.75 per d) were found in hens fed with two different amounts of energy (166.63 and 197.20 kcal/kg BW0.75 per d) (Ning et al., 2013). O’Neill and Jackson (1974) reported FHP varied from 96.5 to 110.8 kcal/kg BW0.75 per d for White Leghorn hens in different physiological stages, which was higher than our findings. They pointed out that the different value of FHP may be influenced by physiological stage and gender. Sakomura et al. (2005) used the comparative slaughter technique to estimate the NEm for Lohmann hens, and found that NEm (79.9 kcal/kg BW0.75 per d at 22°C) decreased with rising of ambient temperature. In addition to the above factors such as ambient temperature and genotype, experimental methodologies and variability between hens may also cause these discrepancies in the estimation of FHP or NEm.

Energy values and net availability of AME of test ingredients

The effect of genotype (meat-type or egg-type) may influence the AME digestibility of feedstuffs (Pishnamazi et al., 2005). The resulting AME value of DDGS was higher than the findings of 2.80 Mcal/kg DM for broilers based on the regression method (Adeola and Zhai, 2012), but small differences were found for AMEn values (2.79 vs 2.69 Mcal/kg DM). The estimated ME values of corn and WB for laying hens in the present study are within the small range of estimates of ME values for chickens of different genotypes, for example, 3.37 Mcal/kg DM for AMEn value of corn in White Leghorn birds (Pishnamazi et al., 2005) and 1.93 Mcal/kg DM for true ME value of WB in ISA Brown laying hens (Mathlouthi et al., 2002). In addition, the experimental methodology may also cause differences on estimation of energy values. Higher NE values (2.74 and 1.24 Mcal/kg DM) were obtained for corn and WB in the comparative slaughter technique (Zhang et al., 2011). Furthermore, the proportion of test feedstuffs contributes to a large variation in estimates of their AME or NE values when using the method of substitution (Wang et al., 2010a). The method of substitution assumes the absence of interactions between the test feedstuff and other dietary components, and potential synergistic or antagonistic effects could be attributed to the test feedstuffs.
Based on the differences in net availability of AME, the energy values of DDGS and WB may be overestimated compared with corn when expressed on AME basis. The net availability of AME of corn in the present study was 7.3% and 12.1% greater than that of DDGS and WB, respectively, which can probably be explained by the different chemical compositions of the test ingredients. The CP and EE contents of test ingredients were in the order: DDGS>WB>corn. Musharaf and Latshaw (1999) reviewed that the HI is much larger when protein is used as energy source than carbohydrate or fat. Some reports have indicated some improvements from lowering the dietary protein content, such as decreasing the HP (Macleod, 1991) and improving energy efficiencies (Sugahara and Kubo, 1992; Sarmiento-Franco et al., 2000).
The resulting variation in NE/AME ratio of test ingredients could also be due to the differences between their ADF and NDF contents, which were highest in WB while lowest in corn. Noblet et al. (1994a) indicated that the NE/ME ratio in pigs varied greatly with the chemical composition of diets and nutrient, the NE/ME ratio for dietary fiber was 58%, which was lower than that for fat (90%) and starch (82%). Carre et al. (1984) showed that NDF and ADF were detrimental to energy utilization for poultry diets. The physicochemical properties of dietary fiber may increase the energy costs due to a greater energy expenditure on intestinal peristalsis and increased bulk of digest attributable to the fiber, mainly from ADF (Jorgensen et al., 1996). Cellulose and lignin as the main constituents of ADF are water-insoluble to some extent and consequently are known to depress nutrients digestibility.


In conclusion, from a methodological point of view, the combination of the indirect calorimetry technique and the difference method for estimating NE values of feed ingredients from complex diets in laying hens, has shown that lighting schedules and fasting time could influence the accuracy of estimation on dietary NE. The closest estimation of the “true” bio-effective energy value of feed ingredients could be obtained with NE system, while the ME system overestimated the protein- and fiber-rich DDGS and wheat bran compared with corn in laying hens.


We wish to thank Professor Xiaoming Zhang, Meng Li, and Xiaojie Ma at the Ruminant Metabolism Research Unit in China Agricultural University for their excellent technical assistance in this experiment.

Figure 1
Patterns of variation in the heat production (HP) of hens during feeding period. The continuous line represents mean one-hour HP (n = 4) in hens fed with basal diet (♦) or a combination of the basal diet with corn (■) or DDGS (▲) or wheat bran (●), respectively. The black horizontal bar indicates the dark period in a day. The HP in hens fed with experimental diets was higher during light period than that without lighting (p<0.05).
Table 1
Chemical composition and gross energy of corn, dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and wheat bran (WB)
Item Corn DDGS WB
DM (%) 89.12 91.87 90.55
CP (%) 8.42 27.81 18.82
EE1 (%) 3.99 8.84 5.86
NDF (%) 9.23 36.84 41.51
ADF (%) 2.45 10.21 12.46
Hemicellulose2 (%) 6.78 26.63 29.05
GE (Mcal/kg) 3.91 4.94 4.08

1 EE = Ether extract.

2 Estimated by subtraction of ADF from NDF.

Table 2
Composition and calculated nutrient levels of the basal diet (BD)
Ingredient (%) Basal diet
 Corn 63.09
 Soybean meal1 25.76
 Limestone 7.99
 Dicalcium phosphate 1.68
 Vitamin premix2 0.02
 Trace mineral premix3 0.2
 DL-Methionine 0.14
 L-Threonine 0.03
 Maifan stone 0.63
 Choline chloride 0.12
 Salt 0.30
 Antioxidant 0.03
 Total 100.00
Nutrients levels
 Metaboliszable energy4 (Mcal/kg) 2.63
 Crude protein (%) 17.00
 Calcium (%) 3.50
 Available phosphorus (%) 0.40
 Lysine (%) 0.85
 Methionine (%) 0.40
 Methionine+cystine (%) 0.69
 Threonine (%) 0.66
 Tryptophan (%) 0.19

1 CP concentration of SBM was 44.94%.

2 Vitamin premix provided per kilogram of diet: vitamin A, 12,500 IU; vitamin D3, 2,500 IU; vitamin E, 30 IU; vitamin K3, 2.65 mg; vitamin B1, 2 mg; vitamin B2, 6 mg; vitamin B12, 0.025 mg; biotin, 0.0325 mg; folic acid, 1.25 mg; pantothenic acid, 12 mg; niacin, 50 mg.

3 Trace mineral premix provided per kilogram of diet: Mn (from MnSO4·H2O), 100 mg; Fe (from FeSO4·7H2O), 80 mg; Zn (from ZnSO4·7H2O), 75 mg; Cu (from CuSO4·5H2O), 8 mg; I (from Ca(IO3)2·H2O), 0.35 mg; Se (from organic selenium), 0.15 mg.

4 Calculated value.

Table 3
Utilization of energy in laying hens fed with the experimental diets
Item Diets2 SEM p-value

Average BW1 (kg) 1.07 1.08 1.06 1.07 0.009 0.906
Feed intake (g DM/kg BW0.75 per d) 70.74b 70.53b 79.74a 67.70b 1.230 <0.001
RN1 (g/kg BW0.75 per d) 1.02a 0.50c 1.13a 0.85b 0.059 <0.001
Energy balance (kcal/kg BW0.75 per d)
 MEI1 206.28b 223.98a 235.56a 186.62c 4.367 <0.001
 RE1 58.87b 74.89a 77.12a 47.12c 3.495 <0.001
 HP1 147.41b 149.08b 158.40a 138.51c 2.166 0.002
 HI3 74.66bc 79.15b 88.18a 70.21c 1.946 <0.001
RQ (fed state) 1.02a 1.02a 0.96b 0.94b 0.010 <0.001
FHP4 73.77 69.95 70.17 68.30 0.951 0.228
Effect of experimental diets on HI
 HI (kcal/kg) 1.06 1.12 1.11 1.05 0.016 0.224
 HI:MEI (%) 36.19 35.34 37.44 37.85 0.506 0.291
Energy values and energetic efficiencies
 AME (Mcal/kg DM) 2.92b 3.18a 2.95b 2.76c 0.033 <0.001
 AMEn (Mcal/kg DM) 2.80b 3.12a 2.82b 2.65c 0.039 <0.001
 NE (Mcal/kg DM) 1.86b 2.05a 1.85b 1.72c 0.033 <0.001
 NE:AME (%) 63.75 64.75 62.38 62.22 0.496 0.209

a,b,c,d Means (n = 4) within a row lacking a common superscript differ significantly (p<0.05).

1 BW = Body weight; RN = Retained nitrogen; MEI = ME intake; RE = Retained energy; HP = Heat production of feeding; RQ = Respiratory quotient.

2 BD = Basal diet; CBD = Basal diet substituted by 50% of corn; DBD = Basal diet substituted by 20% of DDGS; WBD = Basal diet substituted by 20% of wheat bran.

3 HI = Hat increment (including HP associated with activity), calculated as the difference between HP of feeding and FHP on the third day of starvation.

4 FHP = Fasting HP, calculated as the HP on the third day of starvation.

Table 4
Effect of experimental diets and fasting time on fasting heat production (FHP) and respiration quotient (RQ) in laying hens
Item Fasting time RQ1 FHP1 (kcal/kg BW0.75 per d)
BD2 Day 1 0.82 100.86
Day 2 0.79 80.29
Day 3 0.79 73.77
CBD2 Day 1 0.82 99.00
Day 2 0.78 77.96
Day 3 0.78 69.95
DBD2 Day 1 0.80 92.05
Day 2 0.78 74.55
Day 3 0.78 70.17
WBD2 Day 1 0.79 88.42
Day 2 0.77 74.78
Day 3 0.77 68.30
Pooled SEM 0.002 0.427
Fasting time
 Day 1 0.81a 95.08a
 Day 2 0.78b 76.89b
 Day 3 0.78b 70.55c
 BD 0.80a 84.97a
 CBD 0.79a 82.31b
 DBD 0.79ab 78.92c
 WBD 0.78b 77.17c
Source of variation
 Fasting time <0.001 <0.001
 Diets 0.006 <0.001
 Fasting time×diets 0.847 0.067

a, b, c Means (n = 4) within a column lacking a common superscript differ significantly (p<0.05).

1 RQ = Respiratory quotient; FHP = Heat production during fasting period.

2 BD = Basal diet; CBD = Basal diet substituted by 50% of corn; DBD = Basal diet substituted by 20% of DDGS; WBD = Basal diet substituted by 20% of wheat bran.

Table 5
Energy values and energetic efficiencies of corn, dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and wheat bran (WB)
Item Corn DDGS WB SEM p-value
AME (Mcal/kg DM) 3.46a 3.11b 2.14c 0.198 <0.001
AMEn (Mcal/kg DM) 3.44a 2.79b 2.10c 0.199 <0.001
NE (Mcal/kg DM) 2.25a 1.80b 1.14c 0.145 <0.001
NE: AME (%) 65.25 57.92 53.12 2.196 0.096

a,b,c Means (n = 4) within a row lacking a common superscript differ significantly (p<0.05).


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