Verwertung alimentärer Ribonukleinsäure im N-Stoffwechsel des Kalbes.

Translated title of the contribution: Utilization of alimentary ribonucleic acid in calf N-metabolism

F. X. Roth, M. Kirchgessner

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In order to get hints concerning the utilisation of nucleic acids in the N-metabolism of ruminants, a N-balance experiment with not yet ruminating calves was carried out. An admixture of 0, 1.875 and 3.75% yeast ribonucleic acid (groups I-III) was given to a milk substitute feed with low purine and pyrimidine contents. The RNA admixture amounted to 10 resp. 20% of the diet protein-N. The daily feed per animal amounted to 1710 g. Apart from the N-balance the digestibility of RNA and some N-fractions in urine were registered. The excretion of nitrogen, RNA or desoxy ribonucleic acid in the feces of the calves was hardly changed by the RNA intake. Thus an extensive digestibility of RNA can be stated. The renale nitrogen excretion increased in group II by an amount which nearly corresponded to the RNA intake, and in group III it even increased overproportionally. As the N-balance showed, there was a low utilisation of the RNA-N of 12% (non-significant), whereas in group III the N-increase was negatively influenced. The N-excretion in urine connected with the RNA-intake could mainly be traced back to increased urea and allantoine values. The conclusions from these results were that nucleic acids of 10 to 20% of the feed protein are only of a low resp. no nutritive nitrogen value.

Translated title of the contributionUtilization of alimentary ribonucleic acid in calf N-metabolism
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)275-283
Number of pages9
JournalArchiv für Tierernährung
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1979


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