NEW DOCUMENT IN THE VIRTUAL LIBRARY
08-06-2012 / by Lucta/ category : News & Activities
The Feed Additives Division's Virtual Library now holds a new document, published in Journal of Dairy Science (JDS 95(5):2531-2539, May 2012): "Blocking opioid receptors alters short-term feed intake and oro-sensorial preferences in weaned calves". Its authors, C. Montoro, I. Ipharraguerre and A. Bach.
Opioid peptides may participate in the control of feed intake through mechanisms involving pleasure reward linked to consumption of palatable feed. This hypothesis was tested in an experiment which involved administering naloxone, an opioid-receptor blocker, to calves and studying their feeding behaviour.
The researchers concluded that the opioid peptide system may control short-term feed intake by modulating the oro-sensorial response triggered by feed consumption, especially when calves are fed ad libitum.