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Ferm, Emelie, 2011. I vilken utsträckning kan hästar enbart utfodras med grovfoder?. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Management



Horses are grazers with a digestive system that is adapted for a high fiber diet. Forage is a fiber rich feed that includes grass and legumes. A deficiency of forage and an excess of grains may cause gut disturbances and stereotypic behavior. The aim of this literature study was to summarize information on the horse’s capacity to consume forage-only diets with focus on the horse’s need of energy and protein. The results suggest that all horses are able to consume forage-only diets, which is also shown in previous studies. The forage needs to be equivalent to the horse’s nutrient requirement and consumption capacity. The energy content or the protein content of the forage can be a limiting factor. The nutritive value depends on different pre- and postharvest factors, especially the plant maturity. There are also other aspects that affect if horses will be able to satisfy their nutrient requirement by forage-only diets.

Main title:I vilken utsträckning kan hästar enbart utfodras med grovfoder?
Authors:Ferm, Emelie
Supervisor:Müller, Cecilia
Examiner:Jansson, Anna
Series:Examensarbete / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för husdjurens utfodring och vård
Volume/Sequential designation:353
Year of Publication:2011
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VY001 Agricultural Science Programme - Animal Science 270 HEC
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Management
Keywords:häst, grovfoder, vallfoder
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Animal feeding
Animal physiology - Nutrition
Deposited On:27 Jun 2011 12:51
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:20

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