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Reindeers, Finland
Season's Greetings - Reindeers in Finland (Credits: Ville Oksanen)
Freedom Rangers broilers
Freedom Ranger broilers (Credits: Cowgirl Jules)
Rice straw on the ground after the harvest, Central Vietnam
Rice straw on the ground after the harvest, Central Vietnam (Credits: Gilles Tran, AFZ)
Holly (Ilex spp.) berries
Holly cluster for a great new year (Credits: Liz West)
Find info about livestock feed on Feedipedia!
Find info about livestock feed on Feedipedia! (Credits: United Soybean Board)
Sheep herd in Iceland
Feedipedia wishes you a very happy New Year - Sheep in Iceland (Credits: compagnonbruno)
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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Cockspur grass (Echinochloa crus-galli), habit

Cockspur grass (Echinochloa crus-galli (L.) P. Beauv.) is a tall, robust, tufted... Read more

Guanacaste (Enterolobium cyclocarpum), ear-shaped pod

Guanacaste (Enterolobium cyclocarpum (Jacq.) Griseb.) is a fast growing forage... Read more

Purple vetch (Vicia benghalensis), habit, Spain

Purple vetch (Vicia benghalensis L.) is a climbing herbaceous legume from the... Read more

Sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea), habit, India

Sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea L.) is a multipurpose tropical and subtropical... Read more

Cow browsing cratylia (Cratylia argentea) foliage, Nicaragua

Cratylia (Cratylia argentea  (Desv.) Kuntze) is a shruby perennial tropical... Read more

Stylo (Stylosanthes guianensis)

Stylo (Stylosanthes guianensis (Aublet) Sw.) is a tropical legume shrub widely... Read more

Dwarf koa (Desmanthus virgatus (L.) Willd.), habit at Maui, Hawaii

Dwarf koa (Desmanthus virgatus (L.) Willd.) is a highly variable perennial... Read more

Greenleaf desmodium (Desmodium intortum), habit

Greenleaf desmodium (Desmodium intortum (Mill.) Urb.) is a large perennial (... Read more

Samoan clover (Desmodium scorpiurus), foliage

Samoan clover (Desmodium scorpiurus (Sw.) Desv.) is a vigorous perennial... Read more

Tropical kudzu (Pueraria phaseoloides (Roxb.) Benth.) is a vigorous, dense-... Read more

Golden tree (Cassia fistula), habit

The golden tree (Cassia fistula L.) is a tropical and subtropical legume tree... Read more

Acacia (Acacia oerfota) shrub

Orfot (Vachellia oerfota (Forssk.) Kyal. & Boatwr., formerly ... Read more

Spotted brachiaria (Brachiaria nigropedata), inflorescence, Zimbabwe

Spotted brachiaria (Brachiaria nigropedata (Munro ex Ficalho & Hiern) Stapf... Read more

Subclover (Trifolium subterraneum), stand, foliage close-up

Subclover (Trifolium subterraneum L.) is a much valued annual legume forage used... Read more

Para grass (Brachiaria mutica), habit

Para grass (Brachiaria mutica (Forssk.) Stapf) is a semi-aquatic, palatable and... Read more

Coloured Guinea grass

Coloured Guinea grass (Panicum coloratum L.) is a tufted (erect, geniculate or... Read more

Golden millet (Setaria sphacelata) seed-heads, Australia

Golden millet (Setaria sphacelata var. anceps (Schum.) Stapf & Hubb)... Read more

White lupin (Lupinus albus) seeds

White lupin (Lupinus albus L.) is one of the 200 species of lupins, a genus of... Read more

Opuntia, South of France

The prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) is a cactus species widespread in... Read more

Congo grass (Brachiaria ruziziensis), habit, Thailand

Congo grass (Brachiaria ruziziensis Germ. & Evrard or Urochloa... Read more

Canola seeds

Rapeseeds - called canola seeds in North American and other countries - are the seeds of... Read more


Broadening horizons

By Seyoum Bediye, Gemechu Nemi and Harinder Makkar

In terms of livestock wealth, Ethiopia is endowed with largest domestic animal population in Africa, composed of diverse animal species and breeds. Animal production is key to economic development in Ethiopia. This paper provides an in-depth analysis of the current status of the feed industry. Currently 32 private companies and 28 farmers’ unions are engaged in compound feed production, which produce only 61,416 tonnes of feed in a year. The Ethiopian feed industry faces several challenges such as high cost of ingredients, unfair taxing policy, low demand of compound feed, among others. Opportunities, however, also exist for the feed industry, which are also highlighted.

Recent resources

Database of nutrient digestibility's of traditional and novel feed ingredients for trout and hybrid striped bass - Barrows et al., 2015. USDA-ARS National Program 106, USDOI

This database is the result of project initiated in 2005 to determine apparent digestibility coefficients for macronutrients, amino acids and minerals for traditional and novel ingredients in rainbow trout and hybrid striped bass. 

Table 'Standardized ileal digestibility of amino acids in feedstuffs for poultry' - Blok et al., 2017. CVB Documentation report nr. 61, November 2017

This document presents standardized ileal amino acid digestibility of feedstuffs for poultry derived from literature data on both ileal and standardized digestibilities.

Forages for the future - Maass et al., 2018. Forages Newsletter No. 6, CGIAR

The newsletter, “Forages for the Futurelaunched in June 2016, resulted of a meeting of experts in October 2015 in Bonn, Germany, to discuss a Global Strategy for the Conservation and Utilization of Tropical and Subtropical Forage Genetic Resources. This newsletter is the 6th of the series. The former newsletters are available from http://goo.gl/vn9VZX. The newsletter is published under the auspices of the CGIAR Research Program “Genebanks”; its editors are Bruce Pengelly and Brigitte Maass, consultants of the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

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