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The role of pasture in the diet of ruminant livestock

Code: 9781838796846
Michael R. F. Lee, University of Bristol and Rothamsted Research, UK; M. Jordana Rivero, Rothamsted Research, UK; and John W. Cone, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Chapter synopsis: Grazed pasture is the single most important forage feed for ruminants due to its low unit cost and widespread global availability. However, there is a growing use of arable crops in ruminant rations, which may exceed that used by humans by 2050. This chapter describes the ways in which grazed pasture provides the energy, proteins, minerals and vitamins and other nutritional factors required by ruminants. The chapter shows that the use of pasture and its by-products underpins the possibility of sustainably delivering future ruminant livestock production systems and ensuring their future role in food security.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0024.02
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Energy 3 Proteins 4 Minerals and vitamins 5 Other nutritional factors 6 Anti-nutritional factors 7 Future trends and conclusion 8 Acknowledgement 9 Where to look for further information 10 References

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