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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...


Chapter 19 (Page no: 253)

An integrated cattle and crop production model to develop whole-farm nutrient management plans.

An integrated modelling approach is needed to efficiently utilize nutrients within the farm boundary to control the risk of non-point-source pollution while maintaining farm profitability. The Cornell University Nutrient Management Planning System (CuNMPS) is being developed for that purpose. The CuNMPS consists of three computer programs designed to: (i) optimize herd nutrition (Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System (CNCPS) version 4.0); (ii) optimize crop, soil and manure nutrient management; and (iii) optimize crop rotations. The CuNMPS software was evaluated on a case-study farm, a 500-cow dairy near Homer, New York. The CNCPS version 4.0 was used to predict site-specific nutrient requirements, nutrient balances, feed budgets, manure production and N, P and K excretion for each group of cattle on the farm with the current programme. This result was then used by the crop rotation spreadsheet to evaluate the match of the current feeding programme with current crop rotations and yields by field and in total. Then alternatives to improve nutrient use in the herd were developed with the CNCPS, and then were evaluated with the crop rotation software. The Nutrient Management Planning for Crop Production was used to predict mass nutrient balances, distribution of manure and supplemental fertilizer recommendations for the current programme and each alternative considered. A new feeding and cropping programme was designed to minimize purchased feeds to minimize nutrient imports and reduce costs. Intensively managed grass was substituted for maize on the wet, erodible hillsides in the crop rotation programme. In the new plan, only the flat valley land is rotated with maize and lucerne, and hectares seeded each year are reduced 22% by this change. The grasses provide a sink for the excess N from manure, improving the nutrient management. However, an additional silo must be constructed to add this extra source of forage, and equipment changes must be made to permit rapid, early harvest of the grass forage. Milk production remains constant but costs $40,000 less to produce. The percentage of the ration that is home-raised is increased to 78%, reducing purchased N, P and K 55, 48 and 82%, respectively. This new plan has the environmental benefit of reducing erosion, which also reduces the potential for phosphorus pollution of water bodies.

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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: 12 (Page no: 163) Evaluation of a growth model of preruminant calves and modifications to simulate shortterm responses to changes in protein intake. Author(s): Gerrits, W. J. J. Togt, P. L. van der Dijkstra, J. France, J.
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: 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.

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