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|Title:||Implementing NIR grain quality testing for the feedlot industry: what are the options?|
|Citation:||Proceedings ALFA "Focus on Grain" Managers Forum, Coolangatta, (2002), pp 13-18|
|Description:||A major objective of the "Premium Grains for Livestock Program" is to develop rapid tests, suitable for the site of grain collection and/or use, to measure the nutritional value of grains so that they can be priced in accordance with their suitability as an animal feed. The feedlot industry, as a major user of grain, is well aware of the relationship between the quality of a feedlot ration and animal performance. However, routine testing for grain quality has frequently been limited to constituents such as moisture, protein, oil and fibre, and can be too time-consuming to be of real value unless rapid testing procedures are available on-site or close at hand. This project has sought to identify and measure "functional properties" of grains as well as the major constituents. One such property is metabolisable energy (ME), which has been identified as one of the most important indicators of nutritional value. However, ME is very difficult to measure directly, and is almost always predicted from other laboratory measurements, such as fibre or an in vitro estimate of digestibility.|
|Appears in Collections:||Premium Grains for Livestock Program (PGLP)|
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