Local names: Hindi: Chokar, Tamil: Kodhumai thavidu Kannada: Godi bhusa Wheat bran consists of the outer most layer of
the seed along with some flour. It is flaky, reddish brown material. Wheat bran is quite palatable and is well known for its ability to prevent constipation because of its swelling and water holding capacities. Bran has a high capacity to absorb water and swell because of its fiber and nonstarch carbohydrates (b glucans) and so it has a bulk effect in the colon, giving it laxative properties.
The crude protein ranges from 13-16% and TDN Fig. 1.12 Wheat bran
from 65-70%. The bran has amino acid balance
superior to that of wheat. The phosphorus content is high and calcium content is low. Though much of the phosphorus exists as phytate phosphorus, rumen microorganism can digest phytate phosphorus.