Review Article
Volume 6 Issue 6 - 2021
The Role of Zeolite as Feed Additive in Finishing Diets for Ruminants: An Approach Under Energetic Perspective
Jesús D Urías-Estrada1, Alfredo Estrada-Angulo1, Richard A Zinn2 and Alejandro Plascencia3*
1Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics, Autonomous University of Sinaloa, México
2Animal Science Department, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
3Natural and Exact Sciences Department, University Autonomous of the West, Guasave Unit, México
*Corresponding Author: Alejandro Plascencia, Natural and Exact Sciences Department, University Autonomous of the West, Guasave Unit, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Received: May 07, 2021; Published: May 29, 2021


The estimation of dietary net energy (NE) based on measures of growth-performance and the ratio of observed-to-expected dry matter intake (DMI) which describe the apparent energy retention per unit DMI) reveal differences in the efficiency of energy utilization of the diet itself, independently of confounding effects of daily weight gain (ADG) and DMI associated with gain efficiency measures (gain-to-feed ratios). Thus, it provides important insight into potential treatment effects on the efficiency of energy utilization. In this mini-review we evaluate the role of zeolite as feed additive in finishing diets for ruminants with respect to changes in energetic efficiency (observed vs expected dietary NE). Accordingly, we find that zeolite supplementation of high-energy finishing diets for feedlot cattle and feedlot lambs increases the efficiency of dietary energy utilization by ≈ 4.5%. The basis for this improvement requires further study. But may be attributable to improved ruminal N economy and enhanced digestible and metabolizable energy.

Keywords: Zeolites; Ruminants; Finishing Diets; Energetics


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Citation: Alejandro Plascencia., et al. “The Role of Zeolite as Feed Additive in Finishing Diets for Ruminants: An Approach Under Energetic Perspective”. EC Veterinary Science 6.6 (2021): 45-49.

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