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Modelling nutrient utilization in farm animals.

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This book presents edited and revised versions of papers presented at the Fifth International Workshop on Modelling Nutrient Utilization in Farm Animals, held at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 25-28 October 1999. There are 31 chapters and 6 sections entitled ruminal metabolism, absorption and metabolism, growth and development, ruminant production in various situations, nutr...

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Chapter 12 (Page no: 163)

Evaluation of a growth model of preruminant calves and modifications to simulate shortterm responses to changes in protein intake.

Recently, a mechanistic simulation model was developed which integrates protein and energy metabolism of preruminant calves of 80 to 240 kg live-weight (LW). The model can be used to predict the rate of gain of weight, protein and fat from nutrient input. A serial slaughter experiment was conducted to obtain an independent data set for model evaluation purposes. The objective of the model evaluation exercise was to evaluate model predictions to different protein intakes in three LW ranges: 80-120 kg (three levels of protein intake), 120-160 kg (three levels of protein intake) and 160-240 kg LW (two levels of protein intake). In this experiment, 64 calves were used, of which 36 were slaughtered to determine chemical body composition. Four calves were slaughtered as a reference group at 80 kg LW and subsequently four per protein intake level at each of the pre-determined target weights. Model predictions were found satisfactory for live-weight gain and protein deposition, with root mean-square prediction errors (RMSPE) expressed as a percentage of the observed mean of below 7%. For fat deposition, the RMSPE was 18% (on average 26 g day-1), of which 58% was due to a consistent underestimation. Closer examination of the experimental results from 80-120 kg LW revealed an adaptation of the calves to the sudden change in diets after the start of the experiment, still present at 120 kg LW and not predicted by the model. Modifications were made to the model, based on the hypotheses that (i) calves adapt their visceral protein mass quickly to a new feeding level, and (ii) that the capacity of calves to make these corrections decreases with age or live-weight. The adapted model satisfactorily predicted shortterm responses in live weight gain to sudden changes in protein intake but remains to be rigorously evaluated. The approach taken may also be valid for modelling shortterm responses in intakes of other nutrients. It can, however, not be used when animals can adapt their rate of intake in an attempt to compensate for a nutrient deficiency (e.g. during qualitative feed restriction).

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Chapter: 1 (Page no: 11) The role of thermodynamics in controlling rumen metabolism. Author(s): Kohn, R. A. Boston, R. C.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 25) Modelling lipid metabolism in the rumen. Author(s): Dijkstra, J. Gerrits, W. J. J. Bannink, A. France, J.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 37) Towards a more accurate representation of fermentation in mathematical models of the rumen. Author(s): Nagorcka, B. N. Gordon, G. L. R. Dynes, R. A.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 49) Simple allometric models to predict rumen feed passage rate in domestic ruminants. Author(s): Cannas, A. Soest, P. J. van
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 63) Ruminal metabolism of buffersoluble proteins, peptides and amino acids in vitro. Author(s): Udén, P.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 73) Models to interpret degradation profiles obtained from in vitro and in situ incubation of ruminant feeds. Author(s): López, S. France, J. Dijkstra, J. Dhanoa, M. S.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 87) Modelling production and portal appearance of volatile fatty acids in dairy cows. Author(s): Bannink, A. Kogut, J. Dijkstra, J. France, J. Tamminga, S. Vuuren, A. M. van
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 103) Modelling energy expenditure in pigs. Author(s): Milgen, J. van Noblet, J.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 115) Aspects of modelling kidney dynamics. Author(s): Robson, B. Vlieg, M.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 127) Evaluation of a representation of the limiting amino acid theory for milk protein synthesis. Author(s): Hanigan, M. D. France, J. Crompton, L. A. Bequette, B. J.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 145) Multiple-entry urea kinetic model: effects of incomplete data collection. Author(s): Zuur, G. Russell, K. Lobley, G. E.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 175) Simulation of the development of adipose tissue in beef cattle. Author(s): Sainz, R. D. Hasting, E.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 183) A simple nutrient-based production model for the growing pig. Author(s): Boisen, S.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 197) Second-generation dynamic cattle growth and composition models. Author(s): Oltjen, J. W. Pleasants, A. B. Soboleva, T. K. Oddy, V. H.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 211) Modelling interactions between cow milk yield and growth of its suckling calf. Author(s): Blanc, F. Agabriel, J. Sabatier, P.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 227) A mechanistic dynamic model of beef cattle growth. Author(s): Hoch, T. Agabriel, J.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 241) Modelling nutrient utilization in growing cattle subjected to short or long periods of moderate to severe undernutrition. Author(s): Witten, G. Q. Richardson, F. D.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 253) An integrated cattle and crop production model to develop whole-farm nutrient management plans. Author(s): Tylutki, T. P. Fox, D. G.
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 263) Modelling nutrient utilization by livestock grazing semiarid rangeland. Author(s): Richardson, F. D. Hahn, B. D. Schoeman, S. J.
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 281) Using the cornell net carbohydrate and protein system model to evaluate the effects of variation in maize silage quality on a dairy farm. Author(s): Tylutki, T. P. Fox, D. G. McMahon, M. McMahon, P.
Chapter: 22 (Page no: 289) Challenge and improvement of a model of post-absorptive metabolism in dairy cattle. Author(s): McNamara, J. P. Phillips, G. J.
Chapter: 23 (Page no: 303) A rodent model of protein turnover to determine protein synthesis, amino acid channelling and recycling rates in tissues. Author(s): Johnson, H. A. Baldwin, R. L. Calvert, C. C.
Chapter: 24 (Page no: 317) Modelling relationships between homoeorhetic and homoeostatic control of metabolism: application to growing pigs. Author(s): Sauvant, D. Lovatto, P. A.
Chapter: 25 (Page no: 329) Model for the interpretation of energy metabolism in farm animals. Author(s): Chudy, A.
Chapter: 26 (Page no: 347) Linear models of nitrogen utilization in dairy cows. Author(s): Kebreab, E. Allison, R. Mansbridge, R. Beever, D. E. France, J.
Chapter: 27 (Page no: 353) Isotope dilution models for partitioning amino acid uptake by the liver, mammary gland and hindlimb tissues of ruminants. Author(s): Crompton, L. A. France, J. Bequette, B. J. Maas, J. A. Hanigan, M. D. Lomax, M. A. Dijkstra, J.
Chapter: 28 (Page no: 361) The conversion of a scientific model describing dairy cow nutrition and production to an industry tool: the CPM dairy project. Author(s): Boston, R. C. Fox, D. G. Sniffen, C. Janczewski, E. Munson, R. Chalupa, W.
Chapter: 29 (Page no: 379) The utilization of prediction models to optimize farm animal production systems: the case of a growing pig model. Author(s): Bailleul, P. J. dit Bernier, J. F. Milgen, J. van Sauvant, D. Pomar, C.
Chapter: 30 (Page no: 393) A pig model for feed evaluation. Author(s): Danfær, A.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Animal Nutrition Group, Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences, PO Box 338, 6700 AH Wageningen, Netherlands.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2000
  • ISBN
  • 9780851994499
  • Record Number
  • 20083014694