Camelids are designed for harsh conditions. They digest fodder better than sheep. Their digestion is close to that of cattle, both in terms of their ability to efficiently recycle nitrogen and minerals (Engelhardt et al, 1986), and the length of time that food remains in the digestive tract (Engelhardt et al, 1986).*
Dromedaries consume a wide range of botanical species (grasses and legumes, trees and herbaceous plants, etc.) with varying chemical compositions (Faye et al., 1988). The same authors also demonstrated that they show a preference for species that are rich in nitrogen and energy.
* Jp Dulphy, Jp Jouany, W Martin-Rosset, M Theriez. Comparison of abilities between different species of domestic herbivores to ingest and digest fodder distributed at a trough. Annales de zootechnie, INRA/EDP Sciences, 1994, 43 (1), pp.11-32.
Feed mainly used in feeding horses: palatable, providing cellulose digestibility and transit regulator, oats contain a large amount of beta-glucan valuable nutrients : dietary fiber, protein, unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. […]