21 Animal Nutrition Terms Every Serious Farmer Should Know Part 1
- Net energy refers to the amount of feed energy actually available for animal maintenance, growth and production.
- Mycotoxins are toxic to animals, and are produced on plants by fungi, particularly during weather stress during the growing or harvest seasons or during feed storage
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- Lysine is an essential amino acid for protein synthesis. It is the first limiting amino acid in corn/soybean-based swine diets.
- Macro-minerals, also called major minerals, are the elements present in the animal body in relatively larger amounts than micro minerals (thus the name).
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- Methionine is an essential sulfur containing amino acid involved in many vital enzymatic processes in the human and animal body.
- Micro-minerals, or trace minerals, are present in the animal body tissues in extremely low concentrations.
- In feed analysis, minerals refer to inorganic feed elements essential for life.
- Metabolizable energy equals the gross feed energy minus the energy lost in the faeces, urine and gaseous product of digestion
- Heat damage is the result of exposing the feedstuff to excessive heat during processing or storage, which irreversibly binds protein to the fiber (carbohydrates) portion of the feed
- Gross energy refers to the total energy in a feed before accounting for losses due to normal digestive, metabolic and productive functions.
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