Submitted to: First Symposium International de Ganado Bovino Productor de Carne
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/23/2008
Publication Date: 5/28/2008
Citation: Tadeschi, L., Fox, D., Russell, J.B. 2008. Development of Mathematical Models to Estimate Animal Performance and Feed Biological Values, 17-22. First Symposium International de Ganado Bovino Productor de Carne.
Interpretive Summary: No interpretive summary is needed.
Technical Abstract: Mathematical modeling in nutrition is important because the human mind is able to formulate concepts and hypothesis but lack the ability to track quantitative relationships of complex, nonlinear, and dynamic systems. It provides us with a tool to analyze huge amounts of data and information about nutrition and metabolism and systematically build representations of the real system to conduct virtual and controlled experiments. Through simulation, we can foster our intuition and improve our mental simulation capability. These models can be used on farms to integrate and apply the accumulated scientific knowledge of animal requirements, rumen functions, and digestion and metabolism to further improve feeding systems, decrease environmental pollution, and minimize use of resources to assure the goal of a sustainable agriculture.