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Mechanisms regulating voluntary intake of conserved herbage feeds - DS0410

The main objective of the research is to test the hypothesis that the size of meals of conserved forages are controlled by receptors such as tension receptors in the rumen or chemoreceptors in the liver which operate to optimise operate to optimise the pattern of absorbed nutrients, through manipulation of meal pattern, and thus maximise daily intake, i.e.: that daily intake is subject to different control mechanisms to meal intake. This objective will provide a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in intake control and will enable feeding strategies to be developed which will increase total intake and the efficiency of utilisation of conserved forages. The hypothesis is based on the results of earlier work funded by MAFF and will be tested by a combination of mathematical modelling, digestion and intake experiments.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1995

To: 1998

Cost: £501,413
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Institute of Grassland and Environment Research (IGER)
Fields of Study