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Any measurement related to the sum processes by which an animal utilizes
the chemical components of food through metabolism to maintain the
structural and biochemical integrity of its cells, thereby ensuring its
viability and reproductive potential. May include natural or artificial
Adapted from: Herren, R.V., and R.L. Donahue. 1991. The Agriculture
Dictionary, Delmar Publishers INC. Albany, New york. 553pp.