Abstract

Ruminants in the tropics, because of the quality of the forage resources are dependent for nutrients only on the end products of fermentative digestion in the rumen. These are the volatile fatty acids (VFA) and the components of microbial cells which are made available when these cells are digested in the intestines. Microbial cells which contain 50-60% protein provide the animals major source of essential amino acids.
 

R. A Leng

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume XIV. Dairy cattle genetics and breeding, adaptation and conservation., , 298–309, 1990
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