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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


item Toscano, Michael

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/10/2005
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Technical Abstract: Feed restriction is a type of management procedure where the amount of feed the animal would consume to eliminate hunger sensations is limited by one of multiple mechanisms. Feed restriction is related to other types of management scenarios that may induce hunger, i.e., qualitative restriction, where the animal consumes a full amount of a diet that is nutritionally inadequate due to an absent nutrient or other required component. Thus, qualitative restriction allows for ad-libitum consumption of an inadequate diet whereas feed or quantitative restriction provides a complete diet though not enough to satiate the animal. This definition will deal with feed restriction strictly as a quantitative limit on feeding.

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