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See detailInsights into abundant rumen ureolytic bacterial community using rumen simulation system
Jin, Di; Zhao, Shengguo; Wang, Pengpeng et al

in Frontiers in Microbiology (2016), 7(1006),

Urea, a non-protein nitrogen for dairy cows, is rapidly hydrolyzed to ammonia by urease produced by ureolytic bacteria in the rumen, and the ammonia is used as nitrogen for rumen bacterial growth. However ... [more ▼]

Urea, a non-protein nitrogen for dairy cows, is rapidly hydrolyzed to ammonia by urease produced by ureolytic bacteria in the rumen, and the ammonia is used as nitrogen for rumen bacterial growth. However, there is limited knowledge with regard to the ureolytic bacteria community in the rumen. To explore the ruminal ureolytic bacterial community, urea, or acetohydroxamic acid (AHA, an inhibitor of urea hydrolysis) were supplemented into the rumen simulation systems. The bacterial 16S rRNA genes were sequenced by Miseq high-throughput sequencing and used to reveal the ureoltyic bacteria by comparing different treatments. The results revealed that urea supplementation significantly increased the ammonia concentration, and AHA addition inhibited urea hydrolysis. Urea supplementation significantly increased the richness of bacterial community and the proportion of ureC genes. The composition of bacterial community following urea or AHA supplementation showed no significant difference compared to the groups without supplementation. The abundance of Bacillus and unclassified Succinivibrionaceae increased significantly following urea supplementation. Pseudomonas, Haemophilus, Neisseria, Streptococcus, and Actinomyces exhibited a positive response to urea supplementation and a negative response to AHA addition. Results retrieved from the NCBI protein database and publications confirmed that the representative bacteria in these genera mentioned above had urease genes or urease activities. Therefore, the rumen ureolytic bacteria were abundant in the genera of Pseudomonas, Haemophilus, Neisseria, Streptococcus, Actinomyces, Bacillus, and unclassified Succinivibrionaceae. Insights into abundant rumen ureolytic bacteria provide the regulation targets to mitigate urea hydrolysis and increase efficiency of urea nitrogen utilization in ruminants. [less ▲]

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See detailCarbon balance of an intensively grazed grassland in southern Belgium
Gourlez de la Motte, Louis ULg; Jérôme, Elisabeth; Mamadou, Ossénatou ULg et al

Poster (2016)

Grasslands are an important component of the global carbon balance but their carbon storage potential is still highly uncertain. Especially, the impact of weather variability and management practices on ... [more ▼]

Grasslands are an important component of the global carbon balance but their carbon storage potential is still highly uncertain. Especially, the impact of weather variability and management practices on grassland carbon budgets need to be assessed. This study investigates the carbon balance of an intensively managed permanent grassland in southern Belgium and its uncertainties by combining 5-years of eddy covariance measurements and other organic carbon exchanges estimates. The specificities of this study lie in: (i) the age of the pasture, which has probably been established since more than one century; (ii) the intensive character of the management with a mean grazing pressure larger than 2 livestock unit ha-1 and stocking cycle including stocking and rest periods, (iii) the livestock production system, typical of Wallonia, farming intensively Belgian Blue breed of cattle in order to produce meat. The results showed that, despite the high stocking rate and the old age of the pasture and the high stocking rate, the site acted as a relatively stable carbon sink from year to year with a 5-year average Net Biome Productivity of ‒173 [‒128 ‒203] g C m-2 yr-1. The carbon sink behavior of the pasture was directly increased by management practices through food complementation and organic fertilization and indirectly by mineral fertilization. The relatively low carbon budget inter-annual variability could be explained both by: (i) grazing management of the farmer that regulated Growth Primary Productivity by adapting the stocking rate to the Leaf Area Index which itself depends on weather conditions, (ii) carbon imports through food complements only when grass regrowth was not sufficient to feed the cattle. An exception occurred when low temperatures at the beginning of the year and a prolonged snow period provoked a delay in grass growth and therefore Growth Primary Productivity that could not be completely offset during the rest of the year. The results suggest that management practices that tend to optimize forage availability for meat production could contribute to maintaining a carbon sink. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of calving interval on the economic results of dairy farms based on their typology.
Dalcq, Anne-Catherine ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg; Wyzen, Benoit et al

Conference (2015, July 15)

The calving interval (CI) can influence the milk production (MP) and the economic results of a farm. This research aimed to highlight the most economically important CI, on the basis of the accounts of ... [more ▼]

The calving interval (CI) can influence the milk production (MP) and the economic results of a farm. This research aimed to highlight the most economically important CI, on the basis of the accounts of breeders. The data set contained 1,318 accounts spread between 2007 and 2012. Technical information such as mean CI of the herd, percent of cows with a CI of less than 380 d (m380), between 380 and 419 d (e380419), between 420 and 459 d (e420459) and more than 459 d (p459), mean MP of the herd; as well as typological information such as quantity of equivalent concentrate (CC), number of ares of grass (GR) and of corn silage (CS) per livestock unit (LU); and economic information such as mean gross margin per cow were available. The relation between CI and the gross margin showed that if a single economic optimum of CI cannot be determined, this optimum could depend on the typology of the farm. Therefore, 4 groups were created by using a multiple correspondence analysis, including quantity of equivalent CC, number of ares of GR and of CS per LU as variables. The first group was the most intensive one with a feeding based mostly on CC and CS; the second group was similar but less intensive. The third group was the most extensive with high GR consumption. The fourth group was characterized by a near absence of CS but more CC. Moreover, m380, e380420, e420459, p459 were transformed from quantitative to qualitative variables by using numerical classification. A qualitative variable CI profile was created as a summary of all these variables. In each group, MP was modeled using the different CI variables. The assumption behind this modeling was that for a typological profile, the breeder must have the highest MP to maximize the gross margin. These models showed that MP is maximized when p459 is lower than 26%, lower than 37%, above 27% for the group 1, 2, 3 respectively. For the group 4, the model with the variable CI profile suggested that the economic optimum of CI is intermediate. These results underlined that the economic optimum of CI is related to the typology of the considered farm. Studying individual data is a perspective to determine more precisely CI with the best economic results. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vitro evaluation of fermentation characteristics of two types of insects, as potential novel protein feeds for pigs
POELAERT, Christine ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg; Despret, Xavier et al

in 13th International Symposium on Digestive Physiology of Pigs (2015, May)

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See detailImproving adjuvant systems for polyclonal egg yolk antibody (IgY) production in laying hens in terms of productivity and animal welfare
Marcq, Christopher ULg; Marlier, Didier ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg

in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology (2015), 165(1-2), 54-63

The antibody production in the egg yolks of immunized laying hens is seen as a way of improving animal welfare compared with conventional production by mammals. Immunoglobulin Y (IgY) technology, however ... [more ▼]

The antibody production in the egg yolks of immunized laying hens is seen as a way of improving animal welfare compared with conventional production by mammals. Immunoglobulin Y (IgY) technology, however, has still to address welfare issues linked to the widespread use of an adjuvant in vaccines. Currently, Freund's adjuvants, complete (FCA) or incomplete (FIA), remain the standard. This study sought to evaluate various approaches used to enhance egg yolk antibody production in terms of both productivity and avian welfare. The outer membrane protein (OMP) of Salmonella Typhimurium was used as the prototype antigen. At 20 weeks of age, 56 ISA Brown hens, with specific-Salmonella-free status, were divided into seven groups (n = 8) and received an initial intramuscular immunization. Hens in the two negative control groups received phosphate buffered saline (PBS) or FIA alone. Hens in the other groups received 80 μg of Salmonella OMP emulsified with one of the following adjuvants: 200 μl of FIA alone (T1); 200 μl of FIA supplemented with 8 μg of C-phosphate-guanosine oligodeoxynucleotides (CpG-ODN) (T2); and 280 μl of Montanide ISA 70 VG (T4). Birds in the T3 group received the antigen in emulsion with FIA and were given the tested immunostimulatory component (l-carnitine) via their feed (100 mg/kg). A positive control group (PC) received FCA for the first and final immunizations and FIA for the other boosters. Immunization was repeated after 20, 46, 82 and 221 days. Eggs were collected regularly until 242 days after the first immunization and the anti-Salmonella Typhimurium activities in the yolk were determined by ELISA. After 242 days, the birds were euthanized and the injection sites were evaluated for gross and microscopic lesions. Among the tested immunostimulatory approaches, supplementation of FIA with CpG-ODN led to a significant and long-lasting enhancement of the specific antibody response. This treatment was even higher than the positive benchmark using FCA in the first immunization. The study results showed that a clinical examination of injection sites is insufficient for drawing conclusions about the local tolerance of vaccines. Tissue damage was noticeable in all treatment groups. The birds receiving the Montanide adjuvant, however, had fewer and less severe lesions. Given these limited side-effects, Montanide ISA 70 VG could provide the depot effect needed to ensure the immunomodulatory efficiency of CpG-ODN. The association of these two adjuvants could prove a promising alternative to Freund's adjuvants (FA). [less ▲]

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See detailLes premiers enseignements de l'enquête auprès des élevages laitiers sur leurs évolutions technico-économiques
Beckers, Yves ULg; Vanwindekens, Frédéric ULg; Wyzen, Benoît et al

in Carrefour des Productions animales, 20ème édition "L'exploitation laitière wallonne de demain : du point de vue des acteurs aux propositions de la reccherche" (2015, February 11)

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See detailL'exploitation laitière de demain : conclusions
Beckers, Yves ULg

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See detailL'exploitation laitière de demain : présentation de l'enquête
Beckers, Yves ULg

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See detailImpact of drying and heat treatment on the feeding value of corn. A review
Odjo, Djosse Psijus Sylvanus ULg; Malumba Kamba, Paul ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2015), 19(3), 301-312

Introduction: Corn is the main cereal cultivated in the world. As feedstuffs for broiler chickens, corn grains provide the majority of the animals’ required metabolizable energy and an appreciable amount ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Corn is the main cereal cultivated in the world. As feedstuffs for broiler chickens, corn grains provide the majority of the animals’ required metabolizable energy and an appreciable amount of protein. However, when submitted to high temperature treatment, such as during drying, the feeding value of corn grain may change significantly. This review reports the current knowledge on changes that occur within corn grains during high temperature drying processes, which can impact on the feeding value of the grains. Literature. Studies show that during these high temperature drying processes, structural changes occur within the major components of corn grains, including starch and proteins, which may affect their bioavailability. These changes may have a significant impact on metabolizable energy and zootechnical performance. Drying could also affect the physical traits of corn grains and in turn the feeding behavior of animals. Conclusions. In spite of the importance of grain drying within the corn grain sector, few studies have been devoted to the effect of drying on the feeding value of corn and no consensus has been reached on this subject, possibly because of the different conditions involved in the experiments reported to date. Strict controls over drying conditions and the use of appropriate methods of analysis for a better appreciation of the effects of drying are therefore recommended. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical characterisation and in vitro assessment of the nutritive value of co-products yield from the corn wet-milling process
Malumba Kamba, Paul ULg; Boudry, Christelle ULg; Roiseux, Olivier et al

in Food Chemistry (2015), 166

The chemical characteristics of co-products recovered during a laboratory-scale wet milling procedure as well as that of whole corn flour were characterised and their digestibility and fermentability ... [more ▼]

The chemical characteristics of co-products recovered during a laboratory-scale wet milling procedure as well as that of whole corn flour were characterised and their digestibility and fermentability value determined using a 2 steps in vitro digestibility and fermentation model of the pig digestive tract. Five co-products differing in their chemical composition were collected and analysed. These co-products differed in their in vitro dry matter Digestibility and in their kinetic of fermentation. High coefficients of digestibility were observed for starchy samples, while low coefficients of digestibility were observed for samples rich in lignocellulosic components. Fermentation patterns of samples analysed were different as well as the profile of volatile fatty acids produced during the fermentation. The production of straight-chain fatty acids produced was significantly correlated with the proportion of starch in the sample, while branched-chain fatty acids were correlated to proteins concentration of samples. [less ▲]

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See detailDes vaches et des prairies : en faut-il encore ?
Beckers, Yves ULg

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See detailUsing milk spectral data for large-scale phenotypes linked to mitigation and efficiency
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Vanlierde, Amélie; Vanrobays, Marie-Laure ULg et al

Conference (2014, August 26)

Even if producing milk efficiently has always been a major concern for producers, the direct environmental impact of their cows is becoming a novel one. Traits linked to this issue were identified as ... [more ▼]

Even if producing milk efficiently has always been a major concern for producers, the direct environmental impact of their cows is becoming a novel one. Traits linked to this issue were identified as methane emission (CH4), dry matter intake (DMI) and feed efficiency (FE); however they are available on a small scale. Researches showed that CH4 could be predicted from milk mid-infrared (MIR) spectra, allowing large-scale recording at low cost. The main objective of this study was to show, using a modelling approach, that DMI and FE could be derived from milk MIR spectra. For that, knowledge of body weight (BW) is required; however it was unknown in this study. Derived procedure was based on milk yield and composition, MIR CH4, and modelled standard animal requirements, allowing the prediction of expected BW. An external validation was conducted based on 91 actual records. 95% confidence limit for the difference ranged between -0.66 and 18.84 kg for BW, from -0.02 to 0.26 kg/day for DMI, and from -0.02 to 0.002 kg of fat corrected milk/kg DM for FE. Root mean square errors were 39.66 kg, 0.56 kg/d, and 0.03 kg/DM for the 3 studied traits. P-value for the t-test was not significant for BW and DMI. This suggests the possibility to obtain expected BW and therefore DMI from MIR spectra. Single trait animal test-day models used 1,291,850 records to assess the variability of studied traits. Significant variations were observed for the lactation stage, parity, genetics, and age. These findings were in agreement with the literature except for early lactation. This suggests in conclusion that the MIR information gave similar results for DMI and CH4 for the major part of lactation. The use of this novel method to predict expected BW offers new possibilities interesting for the development of genomic and genetic tools. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing milk spectral data for large-scale phenotypes linked to mitigation and efficiency
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Vanlierde, Amélie; Vanrobays, Marie-Laure ULg et al

in Book of abstracts of the 65th annual meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2014, August)

Even if producing milk efficiently has always been a major concern for producers, the direct environmental impact of their cows is becoming a novel one. Traits linked to this issue were identified as ... [more ▼]

Even if producing milk efficiently has always been a major concern for producers, the direct environmental impact of their cows is becoming a novel one. Traits linked to this issue were identified as methane emission (CH4), dry matter intake (DMI) and feed efficiency (FE); however they are available on a small scale. Researches showed that CH4 could be predicted from milk mid-infrared (MIR) spectra, allowing large-scale recording at low cost. The main objective of this study was to show, using a modelling approach, that DMI and FE could be derived from milk MIR spectra. For that, knowledge of body weight (BW) is required; however it was unknown in this study. Derived procedure was based on milk yield and composition, MIR CH4, and modelled standard animal requirements, allowing the prediction of expected BW. An external validation was conducted based on 91 actual records. 95% confidence limit for the difference ranged between -0.66 and 18.84 kg for BW, from -0.02 to 0.26 kg/day for DMI, and from -0.02 to 0.002 kg of fat corrected milk/kg DM for FE. Root mean square errors were 39.66 kg, 0.56 kg/d, and 0.03 kg/DM for the 3 studied traits. P-value for the t-test was not significant for BW and DMI. This suggests the possibility to obtain expected BW and therefore DMI from MIR spectra. Single trait animal test-day models used 1,291,850 records to assess the variability of studied traits. Significant variations were observed for the lactation stage, parity, genetics, and age. These findings were in agreement with the literature except for early lactation. This suggests in conclusion that the MIR information gave similar results for DMI and CH4 for the major part of lactation. The use of this novel method to predict expected BW offers new possibilities interesting for the development of genomic and genetic tools. [less ▲]

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See detailComment améliorer les taux de matières utiles dans le lait ? Solutions actuelles et perspectives ...
Beckers, Yves ULg

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See detailPhysicochemical characterization and in vitro assessment of the nutritive value of starch yield from corn dried at different temperatures
Malumba Kamba, Paul ULg; Odjo, Djosse Psijus Sylvanus ULg; BOUDRY, Christelle et al

in Stärke = Starch (2014), 66

To assess modifications induced in starch granules during high temperature drying of corn grain and their effect on the nutritive value of corn-starch, physicochemical and structural characteristics of ... [more ▼]

To assess modifications induced in starch granules during high temperature drying of corn grain and their effect on the nutritive value of corn-starch, physicochemical and structural characteristics of starch granules from corn grains dried at different temperatures have been determined. Additionally, their in vitro digestibility and fermentation patterns were investigated, using a two steps in vitro model of the pig digestive tract. High drying temperatures induced a partial gelatinization of starch granules and produced a very favorable substrate for porcine pancreatic amylase and led to an altered physical structure which affected the rate and extent of starch granules digestion by gastric and pancreatic enzymes. Starch micrographs showed that granules extracted from corn dried at 130°C were less angular, bigger, and had smoother surface than granules extracted from corn dried at lower temperature. High-temperature drying increased the digestibility of wet-milled starch granules, while the residues of starch from corn dried at lower temperature produced higher volume of gas during their in vitro fermentation, despite their more pronounced crystalline characteristic. The residues from pepsin–pancreatic digestion of overall samples analyzed showed highly degraded and pitted granules or fragmented external shells, starch from corn dried at 130°C being the most degraded. Aforementioned changes of nutritional attributes of starch granules are discussed according to the restructuration occurring within both their amorphous and crystalline phase, as well as to the changes of the granules size and purity. [less ▲]

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See detailLes herbivores, transformateurs de produits fourragers et de coproduits issus de l'agro-industrie en aliments nobles pour l'homme
Decruyenaere, Virginie; Lessire, Françoise ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

in CRA-W (Ed.) La viande bovine remise en question: De sa production à sa consommation (2014, February 19)

Les prairies recouvrent près de 50% de la surface agricole utile en Wallonie. Dans certaines régions, la prépondérance des prairies dans le paysage wallon se justifie par des contraintes climatiques. Pour ... [more ▼]

Les prairies recouvrent près de 50% de la surface agricole utile en Wallonie. Dans certaines régions, la prépondérance des prairies dans le paysage wallon se justifie par des contraintes climatiques. Pour celles-ci bien souvent, les sommes de température et la durée de végétation active sont faibles et limitent considérablement le choix des cultures susceptibles d’atteindre la maturité avant récolte avec certitude. Dans d’autres régions, les prairies s’imposent davantage en raison de contraintes agronomiques : nature du sol, disposition des parcelles, relief du territoire, intérêt dans la rotation pour les prairies temporaires… Ainsi, la grande majorité des prairies de notre Région ne peut pas être remplacée par des cultures ; elles doivent dès lors être perçues comme une bonne alternative à la valorisation du territoire. Grâce à la présence du rumen en amont de l’estomac, les ruminants ont la capacité de transformer des productions non éligibles pour l’homme, tels que les fourrages et les co-produits des industries agro-alimentaires. Ces aliments, de nature essentiellement fibreuse mais pas pour autant pauvres en protéine et en énergie, sont largement fermentés par les micro-organismes du rumen qui les dégradent en composés plus simples, valorisables ensuite par l’animal. Par ce mécanisme, les ruminants contribuent à transformer ces aliments grossiers en produits nobles, tels que le lait et la viande. On comprend dès lors aisément que la présence des ruminants est étroitement liée aux superficies enherbées, elles-mêmes dépendantes des conditions pédo-climatiques d’une région. Malgré des systèmes de production intensifs et l’amélioration continue du potentiel génétique des animaux, les bovins restent peu dépendants des aliments du commerce comparativement aux autres spéculations animales. Ainsi, selon l’APFACA, de l’ordre de 16% des aliments composés produits en Belgique et importés sont utilisés pour les bovins, dont seulement 1/3 est écoulé dans la filière viande bovine. L’herbe, les produits herbagers et les aliments produits sur l’exploitation tels que le maïs restent donc majoritaires dans la ration des bovins élevés pour la production de viande. La valorisation de l’herbe et des produits herbagers dépend fortement des performances zootechniques recherchées. Les objectifs de croissance sont établis, en autre, sur base des prix offerts par la cheville variant avec les catégories d’âge et de poids d’abattage. Ces dernières années, il semble que les animaux abattus un peu plus tardivement soient moins dépréciés qu’auparavant, facilitant la formulation de rations à base de matières premières herbagères. A l’inverse, l’intensification dans le but de produire des animaux abattus plus jeunes ou à un poids supérieur, implique une croissance plus soutenue, et de ce fait la distribution de rations plus denses en énergie. Pour la formulation de telles rations, certains coproduits disposent de valeurs nutritionnelles intéressantes, permettant de satisfaire des besoins nutritionnels élevés, tout en conservant une certaine autonomie alimentaire. Leur valorisation au niveau local représente en outre un intérêt considérable pour la rentabilité des industries agro-alimentaires qui, sans la présence de l’animal, devraient trouver d’autres débouchés pour les coproduits sous peine d’être dans l’obligation de financer leur élimination. Cet exposé a pour objectif d’illustrer les potentiels, mais aussi les limites, des aliments produits localement pour les bovins viande, que ce soit selon leur type (vache de réforme- taurillon…), leur race et leurs performances zootechniques, mais aussi l’intérêt de ces aliments en termes d’efficiences alimentaire et économique. Il analyse les atouts et faiblesses de la spéculation viande bovine en ne se limitant pas à l’échelle de l’animal seul, mais en le replaçant en tant que véritable maillon de la chaîne agro-alimentaire. Ce positionnement permet non seulement de mieux cerner les enjeux de ces élevages au niveau de la production primaire, mais aussi leur importance dans les secteurs amont et aval. [less ▲]

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See detailA côté des produits de la prairie, quels aliments pour complémenter les rations des vaches laitières ?
Beckers, Yves ULg

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See detailL'âge d'abattage influence-t-il la qualité de la viande?
De Maeseneire, Coraline ULg; Sindic, Marianne ULg; Colot, Catherine et al

Article for general public (2014)

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