Acid Detergent Fiber is used in forage food consumed by animals.
- Used to determine how much food an animal requires and how much energy the animal will receive from that consumed food.
- The main difference between acid detergent fiber and neutral detergent fiber is the inclusion of hemicellulose in the calculation of neutral detergent fiber. Both calculations include cellulose and lignin present in plant material. Hemicellulose, which is also a carbohydrate present in plant material, is considered in the calculation of neutral detergent fiber. This small carbohydrate makes the difference on how the two fibers are applied to feed.
- The ADF value refers to the cell wall portions of the forage that are made up of cellulose and lignin. These values are important because they relate to the ability of an animal to digest the forage. As ADF increases the ability to digest or the digestibility of the forage decreases.
- No side effects are displayed.
- Not known.
Source: Sciencing.com, https://sciencing.com/differences-fiber-neutral-detergent-fiber-8723938.html