Dietary Energy Utilization
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Where does apparent DE come from?
exogenous sources only
What affects how long digestion takes?
amount of processing in grains
How much calcium and phosphorus are found in grains?
- high levels of phosphorus
- low levels of calcium
What are most feeds balanced for?
relationship between Fiber and DE?
How much crude fiber is found in complete feeds?
19% or higher
DE for maintenance:
.03 x BW
What do you consider when determining BCS?
What is the ideal BCS?
Where do you feel for fat when determining BCS?
What is regional adiposity?
- pockets of fat found on the horse with certain metabolic issues
- aren't taken into account during BCS
What causes an energy deficit?
- lack of sufficient feed
- GI tract won't hold feed
- unable to chew
- age-related GI tract changes
- feed refusal due to stress, illness, injury, etc
What causes an energy excess?
- too much feed
- not enough exercise
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