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Reprod. Nutr. Dev.
Volume 43, Number 5, September-October 2003
Page(s) 431 - 436
Reprod. Nutr. Dev. 43 (2003) 431-436
DOI: 10.1051/rnd:2003035

FibreBags vs. FibreCaps for acid and neutral detergent fibre analysis

Jason M. Koivisto

School of Agriculture, Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, United Kingdom
(Received 16 December 2002; accepted 8 August 2003)

A new procedure for determining acid detergent fibre and neutral detergent fibre (ADF and NDF) was developed to reduce the need for filtration and to allow for batch processing of forage samples. The FibreBag system is an economically necessary evolution of the earlier FibreCap system. The purpose of this enquiry was to determine if the FibreBag is a suitable replacement for the FibreCap. The FibreBag method produced very similar results to the FibreCap system of analysis and ranked the various forage samples ion the same order. All the results suggest that the FibreBag is suitably similar in performance to the FibreCap system.

Key words: neutral detergent fibre / ADF, acid detergent fibre / sainfoin, Onobrychis viciifolia / birdsfoot trefoil, Lotus corniculatus

Correspondence and reprints: Jason M. Koivisto,

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