Impact of NDF Content and Digestibility on Dairy Cow Performance

@inproceedings{MertensImpactON,
  title={Impact of NDF Content and Digestibility on Dairy Cow Performance},
  author={David R. Mertens}
}
NDF content and digestibility also affect intake • Simple mechanisms of intake regulation can explain fiber's impact • When high-energy, low-fiber rations are fed, cows regulate intake to meet their energy demand for production • When low-energy, high-fiber rations are fed, cows limit intake based on fill capacity • NDF is negatively related to energy density and positively related to fill and therefore related to both mechanisms of intake regulation 
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