Modelling nutrient digestion and utilisation in farm animals

  • Editors
  • D. Sauvant
  • J. Van Milgen
  • P. Faverdin
  • N. Friggens

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-10
  2. Advances in methodological aspects of modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. R. Martin-Clouaire, J.-P. Rellier
      Pages 13-21
    3. M. S. Dhanoa, R. Sanderson, S. Lopez, J. Dijkstra, E. Kebreab, J. France
      Pages 31-39
    4. R. C. Boston, P. J. Moate, J. Roche, R. Dunbar, G. Ward
      Pages 55-62
    5. P. C. H. Morel, D. L. J. Alexander, R. L. Sherriff, D. Sirisatien, G. R. Wood
      Pages 83-90
  3. Modelling feeding behaviour and regulation of feed intake

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. B. J. Tolkamp, J. A. Howie, I. Kyriazakis
      Pages 103-111
  4. Modelling fermentation, digestion and microbial interactions in the gut

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. S. López, J. Dijkstra, M. S. Dhanoa, A. Bannink, E. Kebreab, J. France
      Pages 139-147

About this book


For more than 30 years, modelling has been an important method for integrating, in a flexible, comprehensive and widely applicable way, basic knowledge and biological concepts on digestion and metabolism in farm animals. The purpose of this book is to present the 'state of art' in this area. The chapters are written by leading teams and researchers in this field of study, mainly from Europe, North America and Australasia. Considerable progress has been made in topics dealing with: modelling methods, feeding behaviour, digestion and metabolic processes in ruminants and monogastric animals. This progress is clearly illustrated by the emergence of a new paradigm in animal nutrition, which has moved from the aim to cover the requirements of the animal to explaining and predicting the responses of the animals to diets (e.g., productivity and efficiency, impact on quality of products, environmental aspects, health and well-being). In this book several chapters illustrate that through empirical models, meta-analysis is an efficient tool to synthesize information gathered over recent decades. In addition, compared with other books on modelling farm animal nutrition, two new aspects received particular attention: expanding knowledge of the individual animal to understanding the functioning and management of herds, and the consideration of the environmental impact of animal production. This book is a valuable source of information for researchers, nutritionists, advisors, and graduate students who want to have up-to-date and concise information on mathematical modelling applied to farm animals.


Farm animals Nutrient digestion

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Wageningen Academic Publishers 2011
  • Publisher Name Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Online ISBN 978-90-8686-712-7
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