Technical note: Technique for dissection and analysis of the rumen in young calves

S. R. Hill, B. A. Hopkins, S. Davidson, S. M. Bolt, D. E. Diaz, C. Brownie, T. Brown, G. B. Huntington, L. W. Whitlow

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This paper discusses a technique used to evaluate rumen development in young calves, including removal, dissection, and analysis of tissue. The method allowed for examination of the different sacs of the rumen (dorsal, ventral, cranial, and caudal) using scanning electron microscopy to measure papillae denseness and histology slides to measure papillae length and width. Computer software was used to produce accurate measurements of papillae. The rumens of young calves were dissected, and samples were taken from the cranial, caudal, ventral, and dorsal sections. Calves were part of a nutrition research study, and dietary treatments did have an effect on development measurements such as length, width, and papillae denseness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-326
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of dairy science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Calf
  • Development
  • Papilla
  • Rumen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Genetics


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