Feed processing: effects on nutrient degradation and digestibility.

A.F.B. van der Poel, E. Prestløkken, J.O. Goelema

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The dynamics of nutrient degradation in the reticulorumen and of nutrient
digestion in the intestines are major determinants of the utilization of diet
ingredients by ruminants. These dynamics of nutrient digestion should be
known and controlled to improve ruminal and total tract digestibility and to
optimize production and composition of milk and meat. A careful and appropriate selection of concentrate ingredients to meet the required supplementation of the forage could fulfil this objective. Moreover, the processing of feeds
can be used to manipulate the nutrient degradation characteristics in the
rumen and the site of nutrient digestion, being a helpful tool to optimize
ruminant diets.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuantitative aspects of ruminant digestion and metabolism
EditorsJ. Dijkstra, J.M. Forbes, J. France
ISBN (Print)9780851998145
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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