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

The bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.) is an annual, creeping... Read more

Elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum)

Elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum Schumach.) is a major tropical grass. It is... Read more

Cottonseed meal

Cottonseed meal is the by-product of oil extraction from cotton seeds. As a protein-rich... Read more

Rabbits eating wet brewers grain in Africa

Brewers grains are the solid residue left after the processing of germinated and dried... Read more

Dehydrated alfalfa, pellets

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is a perennial herbaceous legume. Due to its high... Read more

Faba bean plant (Vicia faba)

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

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

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

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Broadening horizons

By Harinder P. S. Makkar

Animal nutrition is the foundation of livestock production systems and a multifaceted theme. It is not only the science of feed preparation and feeding – it influences almost every sector of the livestock production – from animal reproduction, health and welfare – to farm economic viability, environment, animal product safety and quality. This paper intends to weave strands from these domains with animal nutrition and overall sustainability of the livestock operation.

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CactusNet Regional Meetings: An international cactus pear workshop on the Development of a cactus pear agro‐industry for the sub‐Sahara Africa region - FAO-ICARDA, 2015. FAO-ICARDA Regional Meetings, Bloemfontein, South Africa - 27-28 January 2015

The CactusNet Regional Meetings' page encompasses links to the proceedings and slides presented during the international cactus pear workshop on the development of a cactus pear agro‐industry for the sub‐Sahara Africa region.

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. 

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