This book contains the proceedings of the 43rd University of Nottingham Feed Conference.
The Ruminant section provides tools for reducing the environmental impact of cattle systems by reducing wastage and improving nutritional efficiency. The first chapter reviews the effects of fatty acids on fertility, and the second identifies the major causes of losses during heifer rearing. The third chapter demonstrates the scope for reducing phosphorus inputs and subsequent outputs. The fourth chapter provides practical information on grazing systems and the fifth discusses current feed evaluation systems.
Two chapters of the General section also address environmental issues. The first highlights the ways in which livestock production systems might need to adapt to climate change. The second reviews legislation that impacts on pollution and welfare in animal systems. The third chapter reviews methods to reduce mycotoxins in animal feed, which is essential for maintaining food security. The fourth chapter explains the interactions between nutrition, stress and the immune system. The final chapter in the General section provides an update on current and future developments in GM technology.
The non-ruminant section concentrates mainly on pig nutrition. Specific chapters consider nutritional implications of feed processing technology, piglet starter diets, organic acids, and amino acids. The final chapter in the non-ruminant section reviews factors that affect pork quality. All chapters are written by international experts and provide comprehensive analyses of issues alongside practical applications.
Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition 2009 is essential reading for anyone involved in the livestock industry, including nutritionists, feed suppliers, researchers, consultants, animal science students, legislators and veterinary practitioners.
- Fatty acids and fertility in dairy cows
- Environmental and genetic influences on successful heifer rearing
- Reducing dietary phosphorus inputs within dairy systems
- Practical aspects of feeding grass to dairy cows
- Practical considerations of feed evaluation systems for dairy cows
- Adapting livestock production systems to climate change
- Legislation affecting animal production systems
- Mycotoxin issues in farm animals and strategies to reduce mycotoxins in animal feeds
- The effect of nutrition on stress and immunity
- Potential applications of GM technology
- Influence of feed processing technology on pig performance
- Piglet starter feeding in a changing business environment
- Organic acids in pig diets
- Amino acid requirements in piglets with special emphasis on tryptophan and valine
- Factors affecting pork quality
- List of participants
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P. C. Garnsworthy is the coauthor of Writing and Presenting Scientific Papers and the coeditor of Calf and Heifer Rearing, Recent Developments in Pig Nutrition, and Recent Developments in Poultry Nutrition.
J. Wiseman is the author of The Pig: A British History and the coeditor of Paradigms in Pig Science and Yields of Farmed Species. They are the coeditors of the Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition series and Recent Developments in Non-Ruminant Nutrition.