History of digestion experiments


 The first true digestibility trials on farm stock were carried out at the Weende Experiment Station near by Henneberg and Stohmann. They began their experiments in 1858 and in I860 published their findings. In it they condemned Thaer's hay equivalents and gave results of their experiments.  The digestion experiments were started almost at the same time when the feedstuff were being analysed chemically at the Weende experiment station.

  • Actually the work on losses of nutrients in the faeces was conducted even before 1860 to calculate the TDN.
  • Schneider and Flatt (1975) recorded the results of more than 3000 publications.
  • In India, ICAR published the results of over 430 digestion trials conducted with the Indian feeds and fodders at different research stations.
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