An Introduction to Feeding Farm Livestock by Robert H. Nelson

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N a m e two other elements that may be present? 6. W h a t do you understand by the term "crude protein" ? 7. Proteins are composed of a number of simpler substances. W h a t are these called? 8. Which group of farm feeds contain the least protein? 9. Which crops could be grown to obtain the highest yield of protein per acre? 28 An Introduction to Feeding Farm Livestock 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. What is the approximate protein content of the cereals? Which bough t-in feeds contain the highest percentage of protein?

Write out the details of symptoms, treatment, and so on, of any stock you know that have suffered from a vitamin deficiency. C H A P T E R 8 Digestion and the digestive of farm animals systems DIGESTION is the process by which the complex substances found in the food are broken down into simpler substances. The animal is then able to absorb these through the wall of the gut and use them in its metabolism. Some simple compounds such as glucose or common salt require no digestion, and can be absorbed as they are, but the more complex constituents require digestion.

The protein requirements of a particular class of stock should be known accurately, and they should be met accurately. A knowledge of the protein content of the various feeds is necessary, therefore, in order that these expensive feeds are not fed wastefully. The level of protein in a feed can be obtained from the feed analysis tables. There is, however, more than one way of analysing a feed for protein and these different methods give different results for the same feed. Possibly the easiest method is the one already mentioned by which the crude protein figure is obtained.

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