Faba bean, grain pea, sweet lupin and soybean for feeding cattle

Bernd Losand, Martin Pries, Herbert Steingaß, Gerhard Bellof
Posted: 11.03.2022
Domestic grain legumes have almost disappeared from our livestock diets in recent years. Practical experience in handling them and knowledge of their feeding effects is also lost. In addition, the feeding practices and general livestock management conditions and resulting animal performance have changed. Farmers involved in livestock production have also changed. It is time for a fresh look at the utility of European-grown grain legumes in ruminant feeding by combining new knowledge with the tried and tested insights and established practices. This UFOP publication provides an overview of the composition, feeding value, and possible uses of grain legumes in ruminant feeding. In particular, the results of feeding trials over the last ten years are considered. For faba bean, both white-flowered and coloured-flowering varieties are considered. For pea, the focus is on white-flowered varieties. These dominate the market but coloured-flowered varieties are suitable for feeding ruminants. Sweet blue lupin and white lupin are also considered. Full-fat soybean is the most important feedstuff from domestic (European) soybean cultivation.



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Authors: Bernd Losand, Martin Pries, Herbert Steingaß, Gerhard Bellof
Acknowledgement: Legumes Translated has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innnovation programme under grant agreement No. 817634.

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