Understanding Critical Factors Of Sheep And Goat Nutrition Along With Enhancing Nutrient Absorption

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October 12, 2016 Understanding Critical Factors in Sheep and Goat Nutrition along with Enhancing Nutrient Absorption Written by- Bailey Schilling Introduction- The main goal for many agricultural producers across the country is to annually improve the quality of their stock. For certain companies such as Cargill and JBS who are two of the largest protein distributors across the globe, an improvement for their stock could be reaching their end point faster. For other operations involved in the purebred or show aspect of the industry improving the quality could mean producing better structured animals who are larger framed. Despite the species or facet of the industry an operation is built to cater too, one of the easiest ways to improve the efficiency of livestock is through feed and nutrient management. Feed efficiency for livestock only becomes more important as farmers are responsible for feeding a growing population. However, in order to do that is important that a manager or owner understands the digestive system of that species and factors that can aid in this system ability to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients. This paper will be focused around different aspects of the ruminant digestive tract, and more specifically two of the smaller ruminant species being sheep and goats. I will explain in detail the 6 essential nutrients and why they are crucial to have in a feed ration, what occurs in each compartment of the stomach, including breakdown of feed,

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