Acute and chronic regulation of intake of ruminant animals

  • Lorena Cordovés
Keywords: ruminant animals, intake, hormones, Neuroendocrine regulation


The terms ‗appetite‘ and ‗hunger‘ are often incorrectly used interchangeably. Hunger differs from appetite in that hunger is a physiological concept, whereas appetite is usually culturally defined. Appetite may be characterised by a mild hunger, but it is directed at a choice of food items, not a drive to eat per se, and often comes with the expectation of reward.