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Quantitative Aspects of Ruminant Digestion and Metabolism / Edition 2

Quantitative Aspects of Ruminant Digestion and Metabolism / Edition 2


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The first edition of this book, published in 1993, was very well received as providing a comprehensive review of the digestion and metabolism of ruminant animals. Since its publication, much new research has been conducted in the subject and knowledge has increased. This is incorporated in this second edition through the addition of five completely new chapters. These cover: the gas production technique in feed evaluation, calorimetry, the relationship between pasture characteristics and animal performance, feed processing and the integration of data in feed evaluation systems. Other chapters have been fully expanded and updated as appropriate and Dr. Dijkstra has also been enrolled as the lead editor. This book brings together quantitative approaches used in the study of mechanisms of ruminant digestion and metabolism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780851998145
Publisher: CABI
Publication date: 12/05/2005
Series: CABI Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 6.88(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

John M. Forbes

James France

Table of Contents

* Introduction
* Rate and Extent of Digestion
* Digesta Flow
* In Vitro and In Situ Techniques for Estimating Digestibility
* Particle Dynamics
* Volatile Fatty Acid Production
* Nitrogen Transactions in Ruminants
* Rumen Micro-Organisms and their Interactions
* Microbial Energetics
* Rumen Function
* Glucose and Short-Chain Fatty Acid Metabolism
* Metabolism of the Portal-Drained Viscera and Liver
* Fat Metabolism and Turnover
* Protein Metabolism and Turnover
* Interactions between Protein and Energy Metabolism
* Calorimetry
* Metabolic Regulation
* Mineral Metabolism
* Growth
* Pregnancy and Fetal Metabolism
* Lactation: Statistical and Genetic Aspects of Simulating Lactation Data from Individual Cows Using a Dynamic, Mechanistic Model of Dairy Cow Metabolism
* Mathematical Modelling of Wool Growth at the Cellular and Whole Animal Level
* Voluntary Feed Intake and Diet Selection, J M Forbes
* Feed Processing: Effects on Nutrient Degradation and Digestibility
* Animal Interactions with their Environment: Dairy Cows in Intensive Systems
* Pasture Characteristics and Animal Performance
* Integration of Data in Feed Evaluation Systems

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