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Table 4 Effects of supplementary allicin (AL) on daily methane production and ruminal fermentation in ewes

From: Effect of supplementation of allicin on methanogenesis and ruminal microbial flora in Dorper crossbred ewes

Itema Treatmentsb SEM P value
Basal diet AL
Methane production     
 L 61.6 64.0 3.46 0.151
 L/kg BW0.75 2.85 2.69 0.06 0.007
 L/kg DOM intake 66.1 61.0 2.02 0.009
pH 5.98 5.96 0.04 0.601
Ammonia, mg/100 mL 10.9 9.37 0.30 0.024
Total VFA, mmol/L 109.4 125.1 4.15 0.014
Molar proportions, %     
 Acetate 72.2 69.7 0.59 0.023
 Propionate 14.8 14.9 0.42 0.906
 Isobutyrate 1.32 1.86 0.09 0.011
 Butyrate 9.43 11.0 0.24 0.003
 Isovalerate 1.37 1.68 0.08 0.054
 Valerate 0.89 0.71 0.04 0.363
 Acetate:propionate 4.98 4.83 0.16 0.455
  1. aBW bodyweight, DOM digestible organic matter, VFA volatile fatty acids
  2. bCON ewes fed basal diet, AL ewes fed basal diet supplemented with allicin