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Fernando Diaz

Ruminal branched-chain volatile fatty acids (BCVFA; isobutyrate, isovalerate, and 2-methylbutyrate) originates primarily from the degradation of branched-chain amino acids (valine, isoleucine, leucine and proline) included in the diet. Ruminal microorganisms utilize BCVFA as a source of carbon skeleton to synthesize branched-chain amino acids. Previous studies reported that dietary BCVFA supplementation enhance cellulolytic bacteria population and fiber digestibility in the rumen.

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