oa Agroanimalia - A comparison of three indirect methods for the estimation of feed intake of grazing sheep and cattle

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0302-7104



In a series of trials the feed intake of free grazing sheep and cattle was estimated indirectly by means of the faecal index technique, the in vitro digestibility technique and the ratio technique. In the case of the faecal index and the ratio techniques the nitrogen concentration in faecal organic matter and the HCI-insoluble residue in feed and faeces, served as internal indicators respectively.

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