Modeling efficiency and robustness in ruminants: the nutritional point of view

Modeling efficiency and robustness in ruminants: the nutritional point of view

Daniel Sauvant

Animal Frontiers

Over the past decades, livestock production and breeding have been mainly focused on improving performance because more productive animals have a better feed efficiency and present a higher margin over feed cost. Efficiency is also gaining renewed interest following Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) analysis, which shows that one of the major approaches for ensuring global food security is to increase the efficiency of processing food resources in animal products (Makkar and Beever, 2013).

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