European ring-test on the chemical analyses of total dietary fibre and soluble fibre of compound diets and raw materials for rabbits

G. Xiccato, A. Trocino, M. Tazzoli, D. Majolini, R. Carabaño, M.J. Villamide, J. García, N. Nicodemus, R. Abad, E. Blas, C. Cervera, L. Ródenas, E. Martínez, L. Falcao-E-Cunha, J.P. Bengala Freire, Luc Maertens, C. Bannelier, M. Segura, T. Gidenne

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    Due to the role of soluble fibre (SF) on the digestive physiology and gut health of post-weaning rabbits and to the lack of reference methods for SF determination, in the framework of the harmonization activity on rabbit science methodologies carried out by EGRAN (European Group on Rabbit Nutrition), a collaborative study was achieved on the determination of total dietary fibre (TDF), aNDF corrected for protein and ash (aNDFcorr) and SF calculated as the difference between TDF and aNDFcorr. Five EGRAN laboratories analysed nine samples: four compound diets and five raw materials (alfalfa meal, wheat bran, grape marc, sunflower meal, sugarbeet pulp) with different levels of fibre fractions and SF. Each sample was analysed 3 runs for TDF and aNDFcorr. TDF was analysed according to the AOAC Method 991.43 using the kit and the procedure of Megazyme®.
    TDF averaged 48.2% DM, with one laboratory having higher values (49.3% vs 47.9%; P<0.001). The TDF values varied among samples (P<0.001), from about 40% DM for diets to 60% DM for grape marc and sugarbeet pulp. Repeatability (SR=0.95% DM) and reproducibility of TDF (SL=1.68% DM) were good with a low coefficient of variation among laboratory: CVL= 3.9%. The aNDFcorr (mean 37.1% DM) significantly differed from laboratories that used Ankom system (36.4% DM) to laboratories that used Fibertech equipment (38.3% DM). The differences among laboratories due to the equipment and to the corrections for ash and protein explained the poorer repeatability and reproducibility of aNDFcorr determination, with CVL=6.6%. SF values differed (P<0.001) among laboratories (from 9.6% to 12.0% DM) and samples (from 4.0% DM of wheat bran to 8-11% DM of diets and alfalfa meal to 24.3% DM of sugarbeet pulp). The among-laboratory variability of SF was higher (SL=2.97% DM; CVL=26.8%), due to the variability of both TDF and aNDFcorr analyses.
    In conclusion, TDF analysis was characterized by good repeatability and reproducibility, but it was less reproducible in case of raw materials with high SF levels. The among laboratory variation increased with aNDFcorr, because of the differences in analytical equipment and the procedure for protein and ash corrections. Finally SF reproducibility appeared rather good for complete diets and raw materials with low or medium concentration (SF 4-10% DM), but it was affected by the analytical errors of both TDF and aNDFcorr and needs a better harmonization.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings 10th World Rabbit Science Congress
    Number of pages5
    Place of PublicationSharm El Sheikh
    Publication date5-Sept-2012
    Publication statusPublished - 5-Sept-2012
    Event10th World Rabbit Congress (2012) - Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt
    Duration: 3-Sept-20126-Sept-2012


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