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The Voluntary Food Intake of Farm Animals offers a wide discussion on food intake among farm animals. The book presents various studies, facts, details, and theories that are relevant to the subject. The first chapter begins by explaining the basic definition and significance of voluntary food intake. This topic is followed by discussions on meal patterns, the main features of eating, and the similarities between species. The next chapter explores theories about the food intake control, which are divided into two types: single-factor theories and multiple-factor theories. In Chapter 3, the discussion is on the food’s pathway, including elaborations on the various receptors. Chapter 4 considers the central nervous system’s involvement in the voluntary food intake and the energy balance regulation. The next couple of chapters highlight the possible reasons that affect food intake; among them are pregnancy, fattening, physical growths, and the environment. In the book’s remaining chapters, the discussion revolves around grass intake and the prediction and manipulation of voluntary food intake. The book serves as a valuable reference for undergraduates and postgraduates of biology and its related fields.
Significance of Voluntary Food Intake
Main Features of Eating
Methods of Measuring Food Intake
Analysis of Meal Patterns
Similarities and Differences between Species
2 Review of Theories of Food Intake Control
3 Negative Feedback Pathways
Mechanoreceptors in Stomach and Intestines
Chemoreceptors in Stomach and Intestines
Blood-Borne Factors in the General Circulation
4 Central Nervous Control
Physiological Responses of the Brain to Feeding
Energy Status of the Brain
5 Effects of Physiological State and Animal Productivity
The Laying Hen
6 Dietary Factors Affecting Intake
Digestibility and Energy Concentration
Amino Acid Deficiency and Imbalance
Deficiencies and Excesses of other Dietary Constituents
Frequency of Feeding
7 Environmental Factors Affecting Intake
Other Environmental Factors
8 Intake of Fresh and Conserved Grass
Measurement of Intake at Pasture
9 Prediction of Voluntary Intake
10 Manipulation of Voluntary Intake
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- © Butterworth-Heinemann 1986
- 20th March 1986
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