Innovations and challenges in food evaluation in ruminant nutrition

The food evaluation is one of the main points to be observed in the animal nutrition sector, which concerns the use of methods to describe animal feed as well its ability to support different types and levels of animal performance. Currently, researches have tried finding relationship between the nutrient content of foods and their digestive and metabolic exploitation. The animal nutrition is a science rather dynamic, always making use of new technologies and strategies to improve the utilization of food, always searching new methods as new answers to questions are necessary. Thus, the establishment of appropriate methodologies to obtaining the answers is essential to achieve success in search. This way this review will address and discuss some of the main techniques used in feed evaluation applied to ruminant nutrition.

chemical analysis; digestibility; gas production; iNDF; n-alkanes

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