Fundamentals of Applied Animal Nutrition

July 2021
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If you've ever wondered why animals prefer some foods and not others, how poor feeding management can cause conditions such as laminitis, rumenitis or rickets, or how to construct a diet to optimize animal performance and health, then Fundamentals of Applied Animal Nutrition will introduce you to the basic aspects of animal nutrition. The book gives a comprehensive yet concise and practical overview of the principles which underpin the design and management of farm animal feeding systems. It:

- Covers a wide range of topics from digestive function, nutrients and feed intake, to feed related disorders, grazing behavior and management, as well as climate change and the environment
- Provides a grounding in basic animal nutrition biochemistry and physiology
- Has hints, tips and practical down to earth advice on animal feeding
- Includes links to the latest data on feed composition, regulations, quantitative nutrition and ration formulation
- Is a companion book to Animal Nutrition Science

With its evidence based approach, yet emphasis on the practical throughout, it is a valuable textbook for undergraduate and graduate animal science students studying the practical feeding of farm animals including pigs, poultry, cattle and sheep. Also it is an essential reference for early practitioners, veterinarians, farm workers and advisers in animal feed companies.

1: Nutrients and important feed constituents and their functions
2: Water
3: Digestion of feeds
4: Feed digestibility
5: Feed nutritive value
6: Animal feeds
7: Feed Intake
8: Nutrient requirements
9: Ration formulation
10: Nutritional models
11: Feed additives
12: Disorders caused by feed-borne pathogens and poisons, and nutrient deficiencies
13: Feed-related diseases
14: Grazing behaviour – diet selection and pasture intake
15: Grazing management
16: Assessing Nutritional Status and Nutrient Supplements for Grazing Animals
17: Feed storage and handling
18: Feed processing
19: Environment and climate change

Gordon Dryden, PhD

Gordon Dryden is the principal of a consultancy specializing in animal nutrition, an associate editor of Animal Production Science, and a member of the IUCN Deer Specialist Group and the IDBC Scientific Steering Committee. He was previously senior lecturer in animal nutrition at the University of Queensland, Gatton, and has since held honorary positions at The University of Queensland and Curtin University of Technology. He has a PhD in animal nutrition from the University of New England, Australia. His research, carried out in Australia and internationally, covers sheep, cattle, deer, horses and pigs; encompassing requirements for energy, protein and water, responses to nutrient supplements, digestion and passage kinetics, animal feeding behavior, tolerance of water salinity, and near infrared reflectance spectroscopy. He has consulted internationally in animal nutrition and stock feed processing, and the design of tertiary agriculture programs in Australia, New Zealand and Timor Leste.

feed management; laminitis; ruminitis; rickets; diet optimisation; animal performance; animal health; animal nutrition; farm animals; feeding systems; livestock; digestive function; feed intake; feed related disorders; grazing behaviour; grazing management; climate change; environmental issues; biochemistry; animal physiology; animal feeding; feed composition; feed regulations; quantitative nutrition; pigs; poultry; cattle; sheep; animal agriculture