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Animal Science 320, Week 3 Notes

by: Danielle Garrison

Animal Science 320, Week 3 Notes AN S 320

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These notes contain information covered in week 3 of class. Including notes on feed efficiency, digestion, digestion trials, and dry matter equations.
Animal Feeds and Feeding
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Date Created: 09/11/16
Feed Efficiency and Digestibility (Chapter 5) Objectives: o Explain feed efficiency o Calculate gross feed efficiency and feed conversion ratio o Explain relative feed efficiency among species (most to least efficient) o Calculate digestibility o Understand digestibility experimental design  Feed Efficiency: o Major contributor to profitability – 70% of operation costs o Food – need to produce product from given species o Beef – least efficient; fish – most efficient  Beef – sheep – swine – poultry – dairy – fish o Importance:  Increase of global population and need for food  Reduced resources (feed)  Drives production profitability o How to measure:  Gross Feed Efficiency – live wgt gain per intake  Gain/intake  Also known as “gain to feed” ratio  Higher number better – animals gaining more on less feed  Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) – intake per live weight gain  Intake/gain  Also known as “Feed to gain”  Lower number better – animals eating less per amount of gain o Improvements:  Poultry – 250% since ‘57  Beef - .05 lb every 25 years; minimal change last 10 years  High maintenance requirement  Large ruminant (fermentation – lot of feed resources)  Purpose of feed digestibility: improving this improves feed efficiency o Evaluate and quantify available nutrients from individual feed ingredients  Proximate analysis – what’s in there but not how it’s used by animal o Evaluate and quantify available nutrients from diets o Look at average energy concentration of feeds (TDN) o Partition digestion of nutrients in different compartments of digestive tract  Important measures – digestibility trials o Accurate feed intake  Include weight of orts (spilled food) o Accurate fecal output o Appropriate diet samples  Digestion trials o Animal in metabolism stall or crate  Accurate feed intake and fecal collection o Without stalls  Collection bags – slot for manure and urine; giant diapers  Calan gates – at dairys, key on their neck, have to go into their individual assigned stalls to eat  Marker o Adjustment period  1 10-14 days  Free digestive tract prior of undigested feed  Get animals used to environment  Feed at constant rate  Isocalorically – maintain body wgt; all animals have same energy diet  Some feed isantrogenously – same N or CP intake  90% ad libitium  No collection of feces or urine o Collection period  Next 4-7 days  Monogastrics 3-5 days  Ruminants 5-7 days  Record feed intake – must be accurate  Collect ALL feces excreted and weigh  Large animals – collect 5-10% subsample  Small animals – 100% fecal sample o Post collection  Determine chemical component and/or energy concentration of feed samples, feces, orts  Calculate orts for nutrients (depends on feed and species)  Calculate digestibility  Digestibility% = consumed – excreted/ consumed x 100  Digestibility calculations: o Dry Matter Intake (DMI) – avg amount of feed (as fed) x %DM of feed  Smaller than as fed intake o Fecal Output (FO) – avg amount feces excreted x %DM (feces) o DM digestibility (DMD) – (DMI – FO)/ DMI x 100% o Limitations of digestibility trials  1. Apparent Digestion  Feces composed of undigested nutrients and endogenous materials that didn’t come from diet o Sloughed mucosa cells, bacteria, and enzymes bile salts  Determine true digestion o End materials accounted for and removed from FO  Done by: lleal cannula (swine, dog) or ceca removal (poultry)  Used for AA digestibility (monogastrics; important for swine)  2. Limit fed animals (90% intake), alter passage rate  3. Spillage and wastage of feed or feces  4. Errors in analyses  5. Orting and selection of feeds – uses TMRs (total mixed rations) o Methods in determining digestibility in producing animals  Fecal pans, bags – need to know individual feed intake  Digestible markers and indicators – added to certain known amount  Physiology inert (don’t do anything), contain no element under investigation readily determined chemically, advantage – researched doesn’t have to collect all feces  Example: carmine, titanium oxide, acid insoluble ash (AIA), chromic oxide  Factors affecting digestibility o Stage of animal, particle size, disease state, stress, feed source and composition, level of intake, rate of passage (slow – increase fermentation, fast – incomplete digestion), nutrient imbalance, matrices different than individual feeds used  Metabolism or balance trails – different than digestive trials o Uses losses in urine o More precise measure of nutrient retention o Commonly done for N to measure protein gain or loss – N balance studies o Determine Biological Value of proteins  % of true absorbed protein for productive body functions


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