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The feeding of farm animals directly affects their growth, health, reproduction and ultimately their economic value and is consequently one of the most studied areas of animal science. Building on the first edition and its predecessor, `The Voluntary Food Intake of Farm Animals,' Forbes has produced an up-to-date and more focused examination of developments in the understanding of voluntary food intake and new ideas and studies relating to diet selection. Chapters have been reorganized and updated to provide a more streamlined approach.
Feeding behaviour; feedback signals; ruminant gastrointestinal tract; metabolites and hormones; central nervous control; integrative theories of food intake control; growth and fattening; reproduction and lactation; diet digestability and concentration of available energy; specific nutrients affecting intake; learning about food - preferences; diet selection; appetites for specific nutrients; environmental factors affecting intake; the intake of fresh and conserved grass; prediction of voluntary intake. Appendices: particular features of poultry and ruminant animals; outline programme to identify and store meals from the identities of animals and weights of food containers.
There can be few texts on feeding that cover such a broad range of disciplines, from feeding behaviour to modelling of food intake... The book will provide a ready introduction into the many facets of food intake control, and readers will be enthused by the author's obvious love of the area - Alistair E. Lawrence in Applied Animal Behaviour Science "...Forbes' book is an invaluable reference volume not only for scientists and researchers, but also for postgraduate and undergraduate students studying animal nutrition...because this book is written in clear language, is well illustrated, and details fundamental scientific concepts." -S.U. Hubdy in Animal Feed Science and Technology"