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Wichert, B; Nater, S; Wittenbrink, M M; Wolf, P; Meyer, K; Wanner, M (2008). Judgement of hygienic quality of roughage in horse stables in Switzerland. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 92(4):432-437.

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In 46 horse farms all over Switzerland, the hygienic quality of the roughage (including silages) was investigated. Therefore, a macroscopic examination as well as the microbial counts (bacteria, yeasts and moulds) was carried out. Further, the contents of lipopolysaccharides (LPS) and the contamination with deoxynivalenol (DON) were determined. In all roughages, the dry matter (DM) content was measured and in silages additionally the pH was measured. Predominantly, the straw showed a lower hygienic quality than hay and silages. The LPS contents were significantly higher in straw than those in hay samples. The macroscopic examination and the microbial counts showed a tendency in the same direction. Eight straw samples and one hay sample with DON contamination were found. The silages showed a DM content with a median of 65.8%. The pH of those silages was between 4.3 and 5.9. Despite the high values of DM and pH, the silages showed mainly a high hygienic quality. In total, the hygienic standard of straw was worse than that of hay. This should be taken into account also in straw used as bedding as much as the hygienic quality of hay.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology
05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Animal Nutrition
DDC:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Uncontrolled Keywords:roughage, hygenic quality, LPS, macroscopic examination, DON
Language:English
Date:31 January 2008
Deposited On:18 Nov 2008 08:18
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 19:25
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0931-2439
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1439-0396.2007.00755.x
Official URL:http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/120174289/PDFSTART
PubMed ID:18662352
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 6
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