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Cuban Journal of Agricultural Science

Print version ISSN 0864-0408On-line version ISSN 2079-3480


SAVON VALDES, Lourdes. Physiological aspects of the use of non-traditional feeds for non-ruminant species. Cuban J. Agric. Sci. [online]. 2015, vol.49, n.3, pp.251-278. ISSN 0864-0408.

This paper summarizes the studies carried out for 50 years at the Institute of Animal Science, on the use of non-traditional feeds in non-ruminant species and its effect on the physiology of the animal. The results were analyzed in two stages: the first took into account the digestive and metabolic effect of by-products of sugar cane on poultry and pigs; the second studied the influence of the inclusion of bio-transformed feeds, subjected to biotechnological methods, such as solid state fermentation, in the digestive and metabolic processes of non-ruminant species. The effect of using forages composed by grasses, grains and legume forages on the digestive physiology of birds, pigs and rabbits was studied. Other physiological researches were analyzed with protein, energy and mineral sources of national origin and their impact on feeding poultry, pigs and rabbits

Keywords : non-conventional feeds; digestive processes; metabolism; non-ruminant species.

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