gives insight in updated feed evaluation systems
based on net energy, global amount of amino acids, and feed intake. These
systems allow accurate comparison of the nutritive value of feeds, the
formulation of well-balanced rations to achieve production or utilisation
goals, and the prediction of equine performance based on the quantity and
quality of the ration.
provides an update of the nutrient requirements
for all categories of equine. Tables of recommended allowances based on
long term feeding trials carried out at INRA are proposed. These
recommendations and the simple approach to formulation of rations based on
the use of a maximum amount of forage have been successfully tested in the
fields. The importance of grass intake during summer for the different
categories of equines is evaluated and grazing management is described.
Feed allowances and feeding practices are proposed in respect of health
and behaviour of the equine and of the preservation of environment. The
feed tables list 169 roughages and 71 concentrates feeds. Data have been
derived from digestion trials on horses, carried out at INRA and
measurements of voluntary intake for most of the forages.
This book also deals with several distinct pedagogic tools dedicated to
end-users: 'equineration', a guide to 'body condition scoring in horse'
and 'Equine Rami' for horse grazing and farming management. This book is
an essential source for scientists, teachers and their students, advisers