ARE WE FERMENTING ENOUGH?

For many years, we focused on improving the feed digestibility in the small intestine. We increased the ingredients with high digestibility and reduced as much as possible the ingredients presenting low digestibility. But we ignored the basic digestive physiology and namely the importance of the large intestine where bacterial fermentation are contributing as well to the nutritional supply of the animal. How important are these fermentations? How can nutritionists adjust feed formula to optimise both small intestine digestion and large intestine fermentation to provide a more efficient feed conversion. Read more...

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