Faecal near-IR spectroscopy to determine the nutritional value of diets consumed by beef cattle in east Mediterranean rangelands.

  title={Faecal near-IR spectroscopy to determine the nutritional value of diets consumed by beef cattle in east Mediterranean rangelands.},
  author={Serge Yan Landau and Levana Dvash and M Roudman and Hussein Muklada and Daniel Barkai and Yehuda Yehuda and Eugene D. Ungar},
  journal={Animal : an international journal of animal bioscience},
  volume={10 2},
  • S. Landau, L. Dvash, E. Ungar
  • Published 1 February 2016
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Animal : an international journal of animal bioscience
Rapid assessment of the nutritional quality of diets ingested by grazing animals is pivotal for successful cow-calf management in east Mediterranean rangelands, which receive unpredictable rainfall and are subject to hot-spells. Clipped vegetation samples are seldom representative of diets consumed, as cows locate and graze selectively. In contrast, faeces are easily sampled and their near-IR spectra contain information about nutrients and their utilization. However, a pre-requisite for… 

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