Tannins and ruminant nutrition

  title={Tannins and ruminant nutrition},
  author={Pilar Frutos and Gonzalo Herv{\'a}s and Francisco Javier Gir{\'a}ldez and {\'A}ngel Ruiz Mantec{\'o}n},
Tannins are a complex group of polyphenolic compounds found in a wide range of plant species commonly consumed by ruminants. They are conventionally classified into two major groups: the hydrolysable and the condensed tannins. Although for a long time tannins were thought to be detrimental to ruminants, their effect may be either beneficial or harmful depending on the type of tannin consumed, its chemical structure and molecular weight, the amount ingested, and the animal species involved. High… CONTINUE READING