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The impact of long term grain feeding on the core body temperature of cattle

Beatty, D.T., Gardner, G.E. and Jacob, R. (2009) The impact of long term grain feeding on the core body temperature of cattle. In: Ruminant physiology: Digestion, metabolism and effects of nutrition on reproduction and welfare. Proceedings of the XIth International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology, 6 - 9 September, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

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Abstract

Australia produces beef cattle for export markets which require meat to have high marbling and intramuscular fat contents. In order to produce such meat qualities cattle are fed high energy grain based diets for extended periods of time. Compared to cattle on pasture based roughage diets, cattle on high concentrate rations may be exposed to increased heat loads due to increased heat production from digestion and metabolism of the high energy diet.

Publication Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Wageningen Academic Publishers
Copyright: © Wageningen Academic Publishers
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/23559
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