Factors that Influence Intake and Digestibility in Cattle

Factors that Influence Intake and Digestibility in Cattle

Overfeeding

Cattle are adversely affected by overfeeding and often show symptoms of bloat, indigestion, and acute distention or impaction of the stomach.

Hence, Overfeeding of animals beyond its actual requirement should be avoided because it affects the rumen environment and can lead to many health and production problems.

Underfeeding

Underfeeding should also be avoided as it causes nutritional diseases which cause irreparable damage.

A long-continued deficiency of vitamins and minerals usually leads to the development of the so-called nutritional diseases which can cause irreparable damage and must be avoided.

Feed processing

Feed should be thoroughly processed to help in the chewing process and offered several times per day in order to maintain normal rumen functions and improve utilization.

Environmental factors

Several environmental factors can influence the feed intake in animals, such as: heat stress, rain, noise, and high altitude.

Animal factors

Several animal factors can influence the feed intake in animals, such as age, pregnancy, and level of exercise.

Source:- All About Feed.

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