Improving the nutritional status of tropical ruminants
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Biotechnology and Development Monitor;27: 8-9
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/32860
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Cattle, sheep, goats, buffalo and other ruminant animals in developing countries feed mainly on poor-quality plant material, on natural rangelands or pastures as well as on bushes, trees and crop residues. The efficient utilization of such materials depends upon symbiotic micro-organisms in one of the digestive compartments of these animals. A research project at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), based in Kenya and Ethiopia, focuses on the ability of ruminants to utilize microbial organisms to produce good-quality protein. Understanding the rumen fermentation system will allow scientists to modify it to improve ruminant production.