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

Manfred Weber, Wolfgang Preißinger, Gerhard Bellof
Posted: 03.03.2022
Grain legumes have long been considered valuable crops for farmers. In addition to providing a break in cereal-based crop rotations, they make an important contribution to the regenerative nitrogen (N) supply in arable farming through their ability to fix N with the help of root nodule bacteria. Pea, faba bean, sweet lupin and also European-grown soybean have recently attracted increasing interest. The potential of domestic grain legume production to contribute to the sustainable development of our farming systems is receiving increasing attention. It broadens the feed resource base. This and measures in the Common Agricultural Policy are reflected both in the expansion of cultivated areas and in the breeding of new varieties. This UFOP publication provides an overview of the constituents, feed value and possible applications of grain grain legumes in pig feed. Results of feeding trials of the last ten years have been taken into account. The brochure covers both white-flowered and variegated cultivars of field bean. For pea, the focus is on the white-flowered cultivars as these dominate the market and are particularly suitable for feeding pigs. The information on lupin refers to the blue and white sweet lupin. Other lupine species are not currently grown. However, due to their nutrient composition, they could become interesting again for pig feed in the future. Full-fat soybean and soybean cake produced from them are the most important feedstuffs from domestic or European soybean cultivation.

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Authors: Manfred Weber, Wolfgang Preißinger, 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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