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Development of rapid methodologies for estimation of components limiting intake - DS0407

Objective
(i) Evaluate the relationship between ingestion rate, voluntary intake and particle breakdown of forage feeds by artificial maceration. (ii) Evaluate the relationship between anatomical characteristics of plants and ingestion behaviour and develop rapid methodology for the quantitative analysis of anatomical features using image analysis. (iii) Investigate the fracture properties of herbage tissues and develop methodology for the quantitative evaluation of relevant fracture modes associated with resistance to prehension and mastication by ruminants. (iv) Investigate the role of NIRS in distinguishing between herbage plants varying in ingestion characteristic and develop methodology for predicting intake.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1992

To: 1995

Cost: £217,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Institute of Grassland and Environment Research (IGER)
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Fields of Study
Livestock