Feeding in Domestic Vertebrates

From Structure to Behaviour

Edited by Vincent Bels
September 2006
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  • Published
    27th September 2006
  • ISBN 9781845930639
  • Language English
  • Pages 384 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"

Domestication of vertebrates is based on the understanding of the needs of animals in their natural environment. Thus the success of this domestication throughout human history is largely dependant of the knowledge of the animal feeding behavior. The aim of this volume is to provide advanced students and researchers with a review of current knowledge of feeding in domestic mammals and birds. The book also presents chapters on feeding behavior in particular species. The scope is wide, covering not only ruminants, poultry and pigs, but also more specifically horses, rabbits and ostrich. Contributors include leading research workers from Europe, USA, Australia and South Africa.

Introduction * Feeding Structures in Birds * Feeding behaviour and mechanism in domestic birds * Ontogeny of feeding in mammals * Teeth, jaws and muscles in mammalian mastication * Feeding and welfare of domestic animals: A Darwinistic framework * Food choice and intake in chickens * Feed restriction and welfare in domestic birds * Feeding ostriches * Feeding Behaviour of Pigs * Feeding behaviour in rabbits * Mastication and Feeding by Horses * Foraging in Domestic Herbivores: Linking the Internal and External Milieu * Feeding and mastication behaviour in ruminants * Food in 3D: How ruminant livestock interact with sown sward architecture at the bite scale * Physiology and Models of Feeding Behaviour and Intake Regulation in Ruminants * Adjustment of feeding choices and intake by a ruminant foraging in varied and variable environments: new insights from continuous bite monitoring * Feeding Free-range Poultry and Pigs * Conclusion and perpectives

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