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# Calculate dry matter intake for a 150 kg animal?

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Jun 16
To calculate dry matter intake for a 150 kg animal, you will need to know the percentage of dry matter in the feed that the animal is consuming.

For example, if the feed has a dry matter content of 90%, you would calculate the dry matter intake as follows:

Dry matter intake = (Body weight in kg x Dry matter content percentage) / 100

Dry matter intake = (150 kg x 90%) / 100
Dry matter intake = (150 kg x 0.90)
Dry matter intake = 135 kg

Therefore, the dry matter intake for a 150 kg animal consuming feed with a dry matter content of 90% would be 135 kg.
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Jun 16
Dry matter intake (DMI) for a 150 kg animal can be estimated using various equations depending on the species and production system. Here are a few commonly used equations:

1. Nutrient Requirement-Based Equation:

DMI (kg/day) = (Nutrient requirement / Nutrient concentration in feed) x Feed efficiency

For example, if the nutrient requirement for maintenance is 1,200 g/day of digestible organic matter (DOM) and the forage contains 60% DOM, and the feed efficiency is 0.5 (50% of feed is utilized for maintenance):

DMI = (1,200 g DOM / 0.6) x 0.5 = 1,000 g/day

2. Metabolic Weight-Based Equation:

DMI (kg/day) = 0.047 x Metabolic weight^0.75

Where metabolic weight (kg) = Body weight (kg)^0.75

For a 150 kg animal:
Metabolic weight = 150^0.75 = 59.16 kg

DMI = 0.047 x 59.16^0.75 = 3.05 kg/day

3. Forage-Based Equation (for ruminants):

DMI (kg/day) = 0.04 x Body weight (kg) + 0.45 x Forage intake (kg/day)

For a 150 kg animal and a forage intake of 10 kg/day:
DMI = 0.04 x 150 + 0.45 x 10 = 9 kg/day

Note: These equations provide approximate estimates, and actual DMI may vary depending on factors such as animal age, breed, physiological stage, feed quality, and environmental conditions. It is recommended to consult with an animal nutritionist or veterinarian for specific recommendations based on the individual animal and production system.
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