Forage Evaluation in Ruminant Nutrition

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Current pressures to maximize the use of forages in ruminant diets have renewed interest in fast, inexpensive methods for the estimation of their nutritional value. As a result, a wide variety of biological and physiochemical procedures have recently been investigated for this purpose. This book is the single definitive reference volume on the current status of research in this area.

*Covers all forages eaten by ruminant animals

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851993447
  • Publisher: CAB International North America
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: Cabi Publishing Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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University of Reading

both at University of Wales, Bangor

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Table of Contents

1 Forages and Their Role in Animal Systems 1
2 Forage Evaluation for Efficient Ruminant Livestock Production 15
3 Intake of Forages 43
4 Prediction of Energy Supply in Ruminants, with Emphasis on Forages 63
5 Forage Evaluation Using Measurements of Energy Metabolism 95
6 The Measurement of Forage Digestibility In Vivo 113
7 Faeces as a Source of Microbial Enzymes for Estimating Digestibility 135
8 Enzyme Techniques for Estimating Digestibility 155
9 The In Situ Technique for the Estimation of Forage Degradability in Ruminants 175
10 Cumulative Gas-production Techniques for Forage Evaluation 189
11 Animal-based Techniques for the Estimation of Protein Value of Forages 215
12 In Situ Techniques for the Estimation of Protein Degradability and Postrumen Availability 233
13 Enzymatic and Microbial-cell Preparation Techniques for Predicting Rumen Degradation and Postruminal Availability of Protein 259
14 Characterization of Forages by Chemical Analysis 281
15 Near-infrared (NIR) Spectroscopy: an Alternative Approach for the Estimation of Forage Quality and Voluntary Intake 301
16 NMR and Other Physicochemical Techniques for Forage Assessment 321
17 Trace-mineral Status of Forages 345
18 Major Minerals in Forages 373
19 Vitamins in Forages 399
20 Secondary Plant Compounds and Forage Evaluation 433
21 Current Procedures, Future Requirements and the Need for Standardization 449
Index 475
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