Comparative investigation of salinomycin and flavophospholipol in sheep fed different composed diets

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The effects of salinomycin and flavophospholipol, and their relationship with the diet, were studied in nine ruminally and duodenally cannulated wethers. Within the composition of the ration, the levels of rumen degradable protein (RDP) and non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) were changed (diet H: 74% RDP and 38% NSC; diet M: 57% RDP and 32% NSC; diet L: 48% RDP and 23% NSC). There was no clear treatment effect of flavophospholipol on propionate concentration. Salinomycin supplementation appeared to be more effective than flavophospholipol in the increase of propionate concentration at the expense of acetic acid. Salinomycin significantly reduced the ammonia concentration of the rumen fluid. Microbial N content of the duodenal digesta was significantly lower when salinomycin was used. Salinomycin inhibited proteolysis and reduced the efficiency of microbial protein synthesis. The effect of salinomycin on ruminal N metabolism was independent of the composition of substrate. Unlike salinomycin, flavophospholipol tended to increase proteolysis in the rumen and did not inhibit protein synthesis. The effect of salinomycin on ruminal fermentation and the duodenal flow of nutrients were independent of substrate composition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-242
Number of pages18
JournalArchives of Animal Nutrition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2001



  • Degradation
  • Flavophospholipol
  • Rumen
  • Salinomycin
  • Sheep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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