In: Coping with feed scarcity in smallholder livestock systems in developing countries / Ayantunde, A.A., Fernández-Rivera, S., McCrabb, G., Nairobi, Kenya : International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) - ISBN 9291461679 - p. 264 - 267.
ID - Voeding
Chapter in book aimed at a professional audience
Scarcity of feed resources is a common problem facing farming systems in the tropics and a major limiting factor to ruminant production. Feed evaluation is an important support to decide how these limited feed resources can be used most efficiently. Under feed scarcity, accurate estimates of the feeding value are essential to predict the potential level of animal production and to decide how to use available feedstuffs with maximum efficiency. A realistic representation of the role of ruminants in the tropical farming systems can only be achieved when accurate feed values and animal requirements are available. To obtainvreasonable estimates of metabolisable energy and metabolisable protein requirements ofvruminants in the tropics, AFRC equations probably have to be corrected for different components
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