Quantitative prediction of feed intake in ruminants Academic Article uri icon


  • A comparative mathematical and conceptual analysis of quantitative feed intake prediction models for sheep was conducted. The objective was to extract underlying theoretical concepts and gain insight for future experimental research of the regulation of feed intake in sheep. Results revealed (1) weak conceptual basis of models in the sense of ability to accommodate experimental data; (2) frequently problematic implementation in terms of mathematical properties of models; (3) lack of direction for experimental research provided by reviewed models. Suggestions for improved model development, implementation and documentation are provided. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Livestock Production Science

author list (cited authors)

  • Pittroff, W., & Kothmann, M. M

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Pittroff, Wolfgang||Kothmann, M Mortimer

publication date

  • October 2001