Neutral Detergent Fiber is the most common measure of fiber used for animal feed analysis, but it does not represent a unique class of chemical compounds.
- Used for animal feed analysis.
- Neutral detergent fibers are important measurements used in forage food consumed by animals. The two calculations are based on the digestibility of plant material present in an animals’ food. Farmers use these two calculations to determine how much food an animal requires and how much energy the animal will receive from that consumed food.
- Recent nutritional requirement tables for ruminants report limits for NDF intake. The level of NDF in the animal ration influences the animal’s intake of dry matter and the time of rumination. The concentration of NDF in feeds is negatively correlated with energy concentration.
- Not known.
Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutral_Detergent_Fiber