Ethanol Accumulation in the Rumen after Overfeeding with Readily Fermentable Carbohydrate

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Science  03 Apr 1964:
Vol. 144, Issue 3614, pp. 54-55
DOI: 10.1126/science.144.3614.54


A neutral volatile substance in ruminal contents from sheep suffering from acute indigestion due to overfeeding has been identified as ethanol. Ethanol was consistently observed in ruminal material from both cattle and sheep after they had been fed large amounts of readily fermentable carbohydrate.