A quantitative model of energy intake and utilization by ewes in various physiological states grazing a pasture of perennial ryegrass is presented. The model consists of two major components: a forage intake component incorporating forage availability and maximum potential intake as affected by age of the grass and physiological state of the ewe; a second component representing energy utilization by the ewe for maintenance, growth, pregnancy, lactation and wool growth. The behaviour of the model was examined and found to be consistent with published information. Partial validation of the model was accomplished by comparing the model output with actual experimental data not used to construct the model.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Animal Science and Zoology