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See detailIn vitro evaluation of protein precipitation capacity of temperate browse species
Vandermeulen, Sophie ULg; Leblois, Julie ULg; Ramírez-Restrepo, Carlos Alberto et al

Poster (2016, February 05)

European agri-environmental policies are promoting the establishment of shrubs and trees on grasslands. The use of browse as fodder requires knowledge on their nutritive value since intensive production ... [more ▼]

European agri-environmental policies are promoting the establishment of shrubs and trees on grasslands. The use of browse as fodder requires knowledge on their nutritive value since intensive production systems are still relying on expensive and environment-costing protein sources. However, information on the influence of temperate condensed tannins (CT)-containing browse forage on rumen protein metabolism is elusive. The study aimed to assess the protein precipitation capacity (PPC) of 10 temperate browse species and establish the correlation between PPC values and plants CT content. PPC of foliage of 3 individuals per woody plants was measured using 2 model proteins: bovine serum albumin (BSA) and casein. The N content in protein solutions (4.6g/L; pH=6.8) was determined before and after adding each forage sample. Extractable CT concentration was quantified by spectrophotometry. The PPC varied across plant species (P<0.001). Corylus avellana had the highest ability to precipitate casein (52.4%). In contrast, the BSA precipitation (18.3%) of this plant was similar to Cornus sanguinea (12.7%), Quercus robur (12.1%) and Crataegus monogyna (11.0%). CT content ranged from 1.4 in Fraxinus excelsior to 82.7g/kg of depigmented sample in Corylus avellana (P<0.001) and was correlated to BSA (r=0.70; P<0.001) and casein PC (r=0.51; P<0.01). It was concluded that woody species could play a significant role in modifying protein metabolism, but further in vivo trials are required. [less ▲]

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See detailLINKING CATTLE GRAZING BEHAVIOR TO METHANE AND CARBON DIOXIDE DYNAMICS
Blaise, Yannick ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2016, February), 81(1), 107-112

Various methods are presently used to measure methane (CH4) emissions of ruminants on pasture. Those measurements are essential to evaluate nutritional strategies to mitigate enteric CH4 emissions as well ... [more ▼]

Various methods are presently used to measure methane (CH4) emissions of ruminants on pasture. Those measurements are essential to evaluate nutritional strategies to mitigate enteric CH4 emissions as well as addressing the selection of low producing individuals. On pasture and in the barn, variations in CH4 emissions are observed depending on the time of the day. However, no studies have been made to link these diurnal fluctuations to behavioural phases, especially on pasture. The aim of this study was to understand the individual dynamics of CH4 production and their links to the grazing behaviour. For this purpose, a new tool was specifically developed. Five red-pied dry cows were equipped with infrared CH4 and carbon dioxide (CO2) sensors measuring concentrations in the exhaled air at 4 Hz. The animals were equipped with a heart rate belt (HR) and motion sensors to detect their feeding behaviours (grazing vs. rumination) for periods of 8 h/d. Wind speed (WS) was also monitor to verify interference with sampled gas concentrations. Results showed that using the CH4:CO2 ratio reduced the interference with WS that was observed on raw CH4 and CO2 concentration signals. CH4:CO2 ratio average over 5 min periods indicated that CH4 emissions were lower during grazing than rumination (P<0.01). The eructation frequency during grazing (0.48 eructation/min, P<0.01) was also lower than during rumination (0.65 eructation/min). HR was higher during grazing that rumination. Because HR is usually linked to metabolic CO2 production intensity, hence influencing the denominator of the CH4:CO2 ratio, further investigation should focus on the quantification of changes in fermentative and metabolic CO2 emissions along the day to estimate total CH4 production more accurately and the relationship between CH4 emissions patterns and post-feeding times. [less ▲]

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See detailReview of shrubs and trees in intensive ruminant systems in temperate areas
Vandermeulen, Sophie ULg; Ramìrez-Restrepo, Carlos Alberto; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

Conference (2016, January)

Using shrubs and trees as forage for ruminants is common in extensive production systems in the tropics, as well as the Mediterranean region and mountain areas. In temperate Europe, the intensification of ... [more ▼]

Using shrubs and trees as forage for ruminants is common in extensive production systems in the tropics, as well as the Mediterranean region and mountain areas. In temperate Europe, the intensification of agriculture led to a decline in the numbers of woody perennials on farmlands. A review of the potential uses of shrubs and trees in temperate intensive systems shows that this concept is rather recent. Few studies have been investigating the potential outputs and limitations of shrubs and trees forage in production systems, while in Belgium and other European countries, agro-environmental policies are promoting the establishment of hedgerows and woody strips that provide shelter to animals against variable climate conditions. Furthermore, it has been found that ruminant species browse the plants, or alternatively, the forage is harvested and fed fresh or preserved as hay, silages or pellets. In both cases, consequences on feed intake control, woody plant survival, dry matter (DM) production and forage quality in terms of crude protein content reduction have been documented. In addition, depending on the plant species and the preservation method, bio-active plant metabolites such as condensed tannins (CT) are also present in the range of less than 1 to more than 100 g/kg foliage DM. Overall, CT may reduce ruminal N degradation, methanogenesis and nematode parasites infestation, while enhancing microbial-protein synthesis, feed use efficiency and systemic animal physiology. Planting shrubs and trees into the agricultural landscape (i.e. silvopastoral system) can further improve biodiversity and environmental services. Nevertheless, agronomic practices, farm management or environmental policy limitations may reduce the use of this fodder resource. Therefore, although silvopastoral systems seem promising in temperate ruminant systems, the current knowledge to their introduction and efficient management need to be cautiously considered. [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

Conference (2015, February 11)

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

Conference (2015, February 11)

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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 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

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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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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See detailWelke impact heeft de slachtleeftijd bij vleeskuikens op de zintuiglijke eigenschappen van het vlees?
De Maeseneire, Coraline ULg; Sindic, Marianne ULg; Colot, Catherine et al

Article for general public (2014)

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