Modelling Livestock Component in FSSIM

P.J. Thorne, H. Hengsdijk, S.J.C. Janssen, K. Louhichi, H. van Keulen, P.K. Thornton

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This document summarises the development of a ruminant livestock component for the Farm System Simulator (FSSIM). This includes treatments of energy and protein transactions in ruminant livestock that have been used as a basis for the biophysical simulations that will generate the input production parameters for FSSIM. The treatments are derived principally from the “French” feed evaluation and rationing system for protein and energy. Currently, we have constructed routines that are capable of simulating input-output relationships for energy and protein in the following representative systems; dairy cattle; suckler cows; growing and finishing cattle; sheep and goats. The calculations of energy and protein requirements for these classes of livestock are described in detail in this document
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
Number of pages65
ISBN (Print)9789085851233
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameReport / SEAMLESS
PublisherSEAMLESS 35


  • cattle husbandry
  • sheep farming
  • goat keeping
  • cattle feeding
  • sheep feeding
  • goat feeding
  • power requirement
  • protein requirement
  • simulation models

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