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

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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Rice bean (Vigna umbellata)

Rice bean (Vigna umbellata (Thunb.) Ohwi & Ohashi) is a tropical to... Read more

Canola seeds

Rapeseeds are the seeds of the oilseed rape plant (Brassica napus L.) and of... Read more

Pinto peanut (Arachis pintoi) stand, Oahu, Hawaii

Pinto peanut (Arachis pintoi Krapov. & W.C. Greg.) is a perennial tropical... Read more

Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis), foliage and fruits

Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis (Link) C. K. Schneid.) is a shrub native to... Read more

Grass pea (Lathyrus sativus) habit, Germany

Grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.) is a dual purpose annual legume grown for its... Read more

Faba bean plant (Vicia faba)

Faba bean (Vicia faba L.) is a legume crop grown primarily for its edible seeds... Read more

Crimson clover (Trifolium incarnatum), field, Oregon, USA

Crimson clover (Trifolium incarnatum L.) is an upright annual legume growing to... Read more

Creeping indigo (Indigofera hendecaphylla), habit, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Creeping indigo (Indigofera spicata Forssk. and Indigofera hendecaphylla... Read more

Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera)

Algae are an heterogeneous group of plants with a complex and often controversial... Read more

Rhodes grass (Chloris gayana), habit, Hawaii

Rhodes grass (Chloris gayana Kunth) is an important tropical grass widespread in... Read more

Oats (Avena sativa)

Oats (Avena sativa L.) are a major cereal grain worldwide and the 6th... Read more

Jatropha (Jatropha curcas) habit, Mozambique

Jatrophas are oil plants belonging to the Euphorbiaceae family. The Jatropha... Read more

Oat forage

The oat plant (Avena sativa L.) is an annual grass grown primarily for its grain... Read more

Monkey thorn (Acacia galpinii), habit, Zimbabwe

The monkey thorn (Acacia galpinii Burtt Davy) is a large deciduous tree of... Read more

Citrus fruits

The citrus industry produce fruits that do not meet requirements for fresh products (up... Read more

Cissus (Cissus quadrangularis) habit, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

Cisssus quadrangularis is a deciduous, woody climber belonging to the grape... Read more

Chilean mesquite (Prosopis chilensis)

The Chilean mesquite (Prosopis chilensis (Molina) Stuntz) is a small to medium-... Read more

Centro leaves, flowers and pods, Maui

Centro (Centrosema molle Mart. ex Benth.) is a vigorous twining, trailing and... Read more

Centipede grass (Ischaemum timorense)

Centipede grass (Ischaemum timorense Kunth) is an annual or perennial spreading... Read more

Cassava tubers, fresh

Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is a shrub grown in the tropics and... Read more

Cassava pomace from starch extraction. Vietnam.

The processing of cassava tubers yields the following by-products that can be valuable... Read more

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Broadening horizons

 By Jose C. B. Dubeux Jr., University of Florida, North Florida Research and Education Center, USA

In dry areas, harveting annual cash crops is risky. Perennial adapted crops are the best alternative to produce food for humans and feed for livestock. Livestock production systems mostly rely on rangelands. However, rangelands in arid and semiarid areas have only low productivity and the increasing stocking rate may lead to their degradation. Water is also a limiting factor. In this scenario, cactus (Opuntia and Nopalea) are one of the most promising fodder for livestock.

Recent resources

Feeding dairy cattle in the Tropics: a manual for trainers and practitioners - Makkar et al., 2014. FAO, Regional office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok

This document provides information and tools for trainers and practitioners working with smallholders dairy farmers in tropical Asia. It gives clear explanations on dairy cows digestive system and their needs. The document provides many examples of feeds and diets that can be successfully fed to enhance milk production. Feeding of new born calves and heifers is also considered in the document.

Insects for food and feed - FAO, 2016. http://www.fao.org/forestry/edibleinsects/en/

This FAO website aims at providing information (articles, books, proceedings, and videos) on the use and rearing of insects for food and feeds. It gathers information from different initiatives in the world and provides legal updates related to the use of insects. 

GLEAM-i - FAO, 2016. FAO, Rome, Italy

GLEAM-i (Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model-interactive) is a new, user-friendly tool developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for estimating greenhouse gas emissions in the livestock sector. The GLEAM-i tool can be downloaded from the following address, http://www.fao.org/gleam/resources/en/. The user guide is downloadable below

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