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Cowpea, black variety, Vietnam
Cowpea, black variety, Vietnam (Credits: Gilles Tran, AFZ)
A bag of cotton seeds for cattle
A bag of cotton seeds for cattle (Credits: Thamizhpparithi Maari)
Sorghum grains, France
Sorghum grains, France (Credits: Gilles Tran, AFZ)
Azolla (Credits: Gilles Tran / AFZ)
Maize grain, France
Maize grain, France (Credits: Gilles Tran, AFZ)
Cassava leaves, North Vietnam
Cassava leaves, North Vietnam (Credits: Gilles Tran / AFZ)
Guinea grass, Maui
Guinea grass, Maui (Credits: Forest & Kim Starr)
Red clover flowers
Red clover flowers (Credits: Gilles Tran, AFZ)
Vicia sativa flowers
Vicia sativa flowers (Credits: Alvesgaspar)
Rice straw on the ground after the harvest, Central Vietnam
Rice straw on the ground after the harvest, Central Vietnam (Credits: Gilles Tran, AFZ)
Sunflower head
Sunflower head (Credits: Gilles Tran, AFZ)

Feedipedia: an on-line encyclopedia of animal feeds

Feedipedia is an open access information system on animal feed resources that provides information on nature, occurrence, chemical composition, nutritional value and safe use of nearly 1400 worldwide livestock feeds. It is a joint project of INRA, CIRAD, AFZ and FAO. Read more...

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Cashew (Anacardium occidentale) tree habit, Brazil

The cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale L.). is a medium-sized tropical tree... Read more

Sulla (Hedysarum coronarium)

Sulla (Hedysarum coronarium L. and other Hedysarum species), is a... Read more

Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is an annual erect herb up to 3 m (or more) tall. It... Read more

Grape seeds

Grape seeds are a by-product of the pressing of grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.)... Read more

Corn starch

Starch is a carbohydrate (polysaccharide) consisting of a large number of glucose units.... Read more

Bur clover (Medicago polyphorma), flower and leaves

Bur clover (Medicago polymorpha L.) is a Mediterranean winter and annual clover... Read more

Grape pomace (white grape)

Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) is a woody vine cultivated worldwide for its... Read more

Achatina immaculata (African Land Snail)

Snails are plentiful in some regions. They can also be introduced and raised on... Read more

Brewery by products

Brewers yeast is a by-product from the breweries, which use the micro-organism and fungal... Read more

Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine cultivated worldwide for its edible... Read more

Calopo (Calopogonium caeruleum), habit

Caeruleum calopo (Calopogonium caeruleum (Benth.) C. Wright) is a climbing... Read more

Katikala production process, Ethiopia

Atella is an Ethiopian by-product, resulting from the production of tella (beer) or... Read more

Albizia (Albizia amara) tree, India

Albizia amara (Roxb.) B. Boivin is a tropical tree from the dry areas of East... Read more

Apple pomace

Apple pomace (Malus domestica Borkh.) is the solid residue that remains after... Read more

Teff (Eragrostis tef), spikelets

Tef (Eragrostis tef (Zuccagni) Trotter) is a dual purpose cereal, valued for... Read more

Teff (Eragrostis tef), flowering plant

Tef (Eragrostis tef (Zuccagni) Trotter) is a dual purpose cereal, valued for... Read more

Enset (Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman) is a tall herbaceous plant from... Read more

Enset corm

Enset (Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman) is a tall herbaceous plant from... Read more

Yeheb (Cordeauxia edulis), plant

Yeheb (Cordeauxia edulis Hemsl.) is a woody legume plant of the arid semi-... Read more

Cattle eating maize silage

Maize silage (Zea mays L.) is made out of whole ensiled maize plants. It is one... Read more

Broken peanuts

The fruit (pod, nut) of the peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) is made of an external... Read more


Broadening horizons

By L.A. den Hartog, C.H.M. Smits, and W.H. Hendriks

The rapid development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in human health care urges the need for effective strategies to reduce antibiotic use in animal production. The Netherlands and Denmark have already implemented successful strategies to reduce antibiotic usage in animal production. Part of the success of the reduction in antibiotic use may be attributed to the wide application of selected feed additives and combinations thereof targeting intestinal microbiota and immunity. Productivity and health responses can be obtained in animals similar to those reported for antimicrobial growth promoters by improving microbiological quality of drinking water and feed, stabilization of the intestinal microbiota and enforcement of the mucosal barrier of the host. Regulatory recognition of the prophylactic effects of feed additives in animal health should further facilitate the progress to reduce AMR.

Recent resources

State-of-the-art on detoxification of Jatropha curcas products aimed for use as animal and fish feed: A review article - Makkar, 2016. Anim. Feed Sci. Technol., 222: 87-99

Recently contributed by Harinder Makkar, this article deals with processes that can be applied to jatropha products to decrease phorbol esters toxicity and promote tehir use as animal feeds. It highlights the need for animal feeding studies in order to prove efficiency of detoxification.

The following link will provide free access to the above article, and is valid until December 11, 2016.


After this date, the full article can be requested from the author.

Proficiency testing of feed constituents Proficiency testing of feed constituents: a comparative evaluation of european and developing country laboratories and its implications for animal production - Makkar et al., 2016. J. Agric. Food Chem., 64 (41): 7679-7687

A new article by Makkar et al., 2016 providing results from a 2-year (2014-2015) worldwide survey on comparative evaluation of European and developing country laboratories for proficiency testing of feed constituents. The following link will provide free access to the above article to first 50 clicks http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.jafc.6b02452. Should you are not one of the first 50 users of the above link, you may request the full article from the author.

Sustainable grassland and pasture management in Asia - FAO, 2016. Proceedings of a Regional Consultation held at Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China, 27–30 November 2015

This volume is based on the discussions of the Regional Consultation on the Sustainable Grassland and Pasture Management in Asia, held at Lanzhou University, Lanzhou in November 2015. The consultation was organized jointly by - FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Animal Production and Health Division (AGA) of FAO, the Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia and the Pacific (APHCA), Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) and Lanzhou University. 

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