Voluntary Food Intake and Diet Selection of Farm Animals, 2nd Edition

The feeding of farm animals directly effects 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.

Table of Contents

Table of contents

  • Part I: Basics
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Feeding Behaviour
  • Part II: Mechanisms
  • 3: Feedbacks from the Gastrointestinal Tract
  • 4: Metabolites and Hormones
  • 5: Central Nervous System and the Special Senses
  • 6: Learning about Food: Conditioned Preferences and Aversions
  • 7: Diet Selection: Principles
  • 8: Diet Selection: Practicalities
  • Part III: Theories
  • 9: Integrative Theories of Food Intake Control
  • 10: Minimal Total Discomfort
  • Part IV: Food Composition
  • 11: Diet Digestibility, Energy Concentration and Supplementation of Forages
  • 12: Protein and Other Nutrients
  • 13: Appetites for Specific Nutrients
  • 14: Silage
  • Part V: Animal and Environmental Factors
  • 15: Growth and Fattening
  • 16: Reproduction and Lactation
  • 17: Environmental Factors Affecting Intake
  • 18: Epilogue

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