Analytical criteria for predicting apparent digestibility of soybean protein in preruminant calves.


A series of experiments on the use of soybean as a protein source in milk replacers for veal calves was undertaken to determine the relationships between the physicochemical and antinutritional properties and apparent digestibilities of nine soybean products. Soybean provided between 58 and 71% of dietary CP, and skim milk or whey powder provided the remainder. Soybean products were analyzed for CP, native protein, aggregated protein, carbohydrate-linked protein, peptides, antitryptic activity, and immunoreactivity of lectin, glycinin, alpha-conglycinin, and beta-conglycinin. The apparent digestibility of N calculated for soybean protein varied between 59 and 84%. Simple linear correlations were significant between apparent digestibility of soybean N and concentrations of native protein, antitryptic activity, glycinin, alpha-conglycinin, and beta-conglycinin. However, only variation in antitryptic activity, alpha-conglycinin, and beta-conglycinin contributed significantly to an explanation for the variation in apparent digestibility of soybean N in a multiple linear equation. Under our experimental conditions, beta-conglycinin was the best predictor of digestibility of soybean N. Antitryptic activity became the best predictor when soybean products had no detectable beta-conglycinin.

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@article{Lalls1996AnalyticalCF, title={Analytical criteria for predicting apparent digestibility of soybean protein in preruminant calves.}, author={Jean Paul Lall{\`e}s and Hadiza Tukur and R. Le Toullec and Brian G Miller}, journal={Journal of dairy science}, year={1996}, volume={79 3}, pages={475-82} }