Short communication: Antimethanogenic effects of 3-nitrooxypropanol depend on supplementation dose, dietary fiber content, and cattle type

J. Dijkstra, A. Bannink, J. France, E. Kebreab*, S. van Gastelen

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Abstract

3-Nitrooxypropanol (NOP) is a promising methane (CH4) inhibitor. Recent studies have shown major reductions in CH4 emissions from beef and dairy cattle when using NOP but with large variation in response. The objective of this study was to quantitatively evaluate the factors that explain heterogeneity in response to NOP using meta-analytical approaches. Data from 11 experiments and 38 treatment means were used. Factors considered were cattle type (dairy or beef), measurement technique (GreenFeed technique, C-Lock Inc., Rapid City, SD; sulfur hexafluoride tracer technique; and respiration chamber technique), dry matter (DM) intake, body weight, NOP dose, roughage proportion, dietary crude protein content, and dietary neutral detergent fiber (NDF) content. The mean difference (MD) in CH4 production (g/d) and CH4 yield (g/kg of DM intake) was calculated by subtracting the mean of CH4 emission for the control group from that of the NOP-supplemented group. Forest plots of standardized MD indicated variable effect sizes of NOP across studies. Compared with beef cattle, dairy cattle had a much larger feed intake (22.3 ± 4.13 vs. 7.3 ± 0.97 kg of DM/d; mean ± standard deviation) and CH4 production (351 ± 94.1 vs. 124 ± 44.8 g/d). Therefore, in further analyses across dairy and beef cattle studies, MD was expressed as a proportion (%) of observed control mean. The final mixed-effect model for relative MD in CH4 production included cattle type, NOP dose, and NDF content. When adjusted for NOP dose and NDF content, the CH4-mitigating effect of NOP was less in beef cattle (−22.2 ± 3.33%) than in dairy cattle (−39.0 ± 5.40%). An increase of 10 mg/kg of DM in NOP dose from its mean (123 mg/kg of DM) enhanced the NOP effect on CH4 production decline by 2.56 ± 0.550%. However, a greater dietary NDF content impaired the NOP effect on CH4 production by 1.64 ± 0.330% per 10 g/kg DM increase in NDF content from its mean (331 g of NDF/kg of DM). The factors included in the final mixed-effect model for CH4 yield were −17.1 ± 4.23% (beef cattle) and −38.8 ± 5.49% (dairy cattle), −2.48 ± 0.734% per 10 mg/kg DM increase in NOP dose from its mean, and 1.52 ± 0.406% per 10 g/kg DM increase in NDF content from its mean. In conclusion, the present meta-analysis indicates that a greater NOP dose enhances the NOP effect on CH4 emission, whereas an increased dietary fiber content decreases its effect. 3-Nitrooxypropanol has stronger antimethanogenic effects in dairy cattle than in beef cattle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9041-9047
JournalJournal of Dairy Science
Volume101
Issue number10
Early online date25 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Keywords

  • 3-nitrooxypropanol
  • cattle
  • methane

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