Methods in Equine Nutrition

With diversification in the farming industry and the growth in leisure activities and tourism, there is an increasing interest in equine science, especially at colleges and universities. Whereas the ruminant has been the main focus of attention in the past, research into the relative efficiency of various equine feedstuffs is gathering momentum. The analytical chemist is usually involved with the animal nutritionist in selecting the elements or feed fractions of interest, and the levels of these substances in the feeds are important in determining or modifying the method to be used. An informative book is that by Frape (1986, pp. 35, 121, 209 and 238), which includes tables of acceptable concentrations in the feed of minerals, trace elements, crude protein and vitamins, and also the nutritional composition of four tropical grasses and Newmarket grass; blood electrolyte concentrations are also listed.

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