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Determination of fermentation rates in maize land races used as forage in central Mexico
 
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Centre for Research in Agriculture Sciences of the Autonomous University of the State Mexico, Literary Institute, No. 100 Colonia Centro, CP 50000, Toluca, México
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Department of Agriculture, The University of Reading, Earley Gate, P.O. Box 237, Reading, RG6 6A, United Kingdom
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J. G. Estrada   

Centre for Research in Agriculture Sciences of the Autonomous University of the State Mexico, Literary Institute, No. 100 Colonia Centro, CP 50000, Toluca, México
Publication date: 2007-09-17
 
J. Anim. Feed Sci. 2007;16(Suppl. 2):64–69
 
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The maize plants are the main source of forage for dairy cattle in Central Mexico. The objective of this work was determinate fermentation rates in whole and plant structures by period, colour and zone. The experimental design used was a split plot. Significant differences (P<0.05) were observed in grain at 8 and 12 h by zone and colour. Leaves had significant differences (P<0.05) by period. Results suggest that the fermentation finish before of 40 h then it has no case to continue the fermentation until 120 h.
ISSN:1230-1388