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The relationship between metabolisable energy concentration and nutrient digestibility in grass silages offered to sheep at maintenance

  • R. E. Agnew (a1) and T. Yan (a1)


The energy feeding systems used for dairy cows recommend that the metabolisable energy (ME) concentration of a feed at maintenance feeding level is calculated from its digestible nutrients. The objective of the present study was to develop equations to calculate the ME concentration from digestibility data for grass silages



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Agricultural and Food Research Council. 1993. Energy and protein requirements of ruminants. CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon, UK.


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