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Feeding in domestic vertebrates: from structure to behaviour.

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Domestication of vertebrates is based on the understanding of the needs of animals in their natural environment and the success of this domestication throughout human history is largely dependent on the knowledge of their feeding behaviour. The aim of this volume is to provide advanced students and researchers with a review of current knowledge of feeding in domestic mammals and birds. The first f...


Chapter 15 (Page no: 263)

Food in 3D: how ruminant livestock interact with sown sward architecture at the bite scale.

This chapter describes the distribution of vegetation in sown swards and how ruminants interact with that distribution of vegetation in selecting its diet. A review of models of intake and diet selection of ruminants in sown swards is also presented. The last part of this chapter draws together the research in the light of provision of guidelines for managing sown swards so as best to meet the nutritional demands of domestic ruminants.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction. Author(s): Bels, V.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 14) Feeding structures in birds. Author(s): Gussekloo, S. W. S.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 33) Feeding behaviour and mechanisms in domestic birds. Author(s): Bels, V. Baussart, S.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 50) Ontogeny of feeding in mammals. Author(s): German, R. Z. Crompton, A. W. Thexton, A. J.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 61) Teeth, jaws and muscles in mammalian mastication. Author(s): Popowics, T. E. Herring, S. W.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 84) Feeding and welfare in domestic animals: a Darwinistic framework. Author(s): Koene, P.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 108) Food choice and intake in chickens. Author(s): Forbes, J. M.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 120) Feed restriction and welfare in domestic birds. Author(s): Jong, I. C. de Jones, B.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 136) Feeding ostriches. Author(s): Brand, T. S. Gous, R. M.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 156) Feeding behaviour in pigs. Author(s): Nielsen, B. L. Thodberg, K. Dybkjær, L. Vestergaard, E. M.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 179) Feeding behaviour in rabbits. Author(s): Gidenne, T. Lebas, F.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 195) Mastication and feeding in horses. Author(s): Houpt, K. A.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 210) Foraging in domestic herbivores: linking the internal and external milieux. Author(s): Provenza, F. D. Villalba, J. J.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 241) Feeding and mastication behaviour in ruminants. Author(s): Baumont, R. Doreau, M. Ingrand, S. Veissier, I.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 278) Physiology and models of feeding behaviour and intake regulation in ruminants. Author(s): Pittroff, W. Soca, P.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 302) Adjustment of feeding choices and intake by a ruminant foraging in varied and variable environments: new insights from continuous bite monitoring. Author(s): Agreil, C. Meuret, M. Fritz, H.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 326) Feeding free-range poultry and pigs. Author(s): Glatz, P. C. Miao, Z. H. Ru, Y. J.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 349) Conclusion and perspectives. Author(s): Forbes, J. M.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • CSIRO - Davies Laboratory, PMB PO Aitkenvale, Qld 4814, Australia.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2006
  • ISBN
  • 9781845930639
  • Record Number
  • 20063181671