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Worldwide, 86% of feeds used for livestock animal productions are not edible to humans and thus not competing with food. This is part of the conclusions of a study by Mottet et al., 2017

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Sunflower heads

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) is primarily an oil crop (see the main... Read more

Sugarcane molasses is a viscous, dark and sugar-rich by-product of sugar extraction from... Read more

Sudan grass field, Eastern Ethiopia

Sudan grass (Sorghum × drummondii (Steud.) Millsp. & Chas) is an annual... Read more

Extraction of sugarcane juice, India

Sugarcane juice is the opaque and viscous liquid, brownish to deep-green in colour,... Read more

Bagasse is the residual fibre resulting from the extraction of sugarcane juice. There are... Read more

St Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum) in coconut plantation

St Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum (Walter) O. Kuntze) is a coarse,... Read more

Sorghum grains, France

Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) grain is the fifth major staple cereal... Read more

Sorghum plant

Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) is used for both grain and forage. While... Read more

Rabbits eating sorghum brewer's grain

Sorghum grain (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) is used by various food industries,... Read more

Sporobulus indicus, Central Vietnam

Smut grass (Sporobolus indicus (L.) R. Br.) is a typical prairie and savannah... Read more

Siratro (Macroptilium atropurpureum) stand, trailing habit, Hawaii

Siratro (Macroptilium atropurpureum (DC.) Urb.) is a perennial tropical legume... Read more

Silverleaf desmodium (Desmodium uncinatum), leaves and flowers

Silverleaf desmodium (Desmodium uncinatum (Jacq.) DC.) is a trailing perennial... Read more

Sicklebush (Dichrostachys cinerea)

Sicklebush (Dichrostachys cinerea (L.) Wight & Arn.) is a thorny, semi-... Read more

Dried shrimp heads, Indonesia

Shrimp meal or shrimp waste meal is the undecomposed ground dried waste of shrimp. There... Read more

Acacia seyal leaf

Shittimwood (Acacia seyal Del.) is a deciduous, prickly, small to medium sized... Read more

Sheanuts, Burkina Faso

Sheanut (Vitellaria paradoxa C. F. Gaertn.) is a deciduous, small to medium-... Read more

Sesban (Sesbania sesban) foliage, India

Sesban (Sesbania sesban (L.) Merr.) is a fast-growing, perennial legume tree,... Read more

Scrobic (Paspalum scrobiculatum)

Scrobic (Paspalum scrobiculatum L.) is a vigorous, tufted (up to 60 cm diameter... Read more

Saltbush (Salvadora persica), leaves and flowers

Saltbush (Salvadora persica Garc.) is an evergreen shrub or small tree that can... Read more

Sal (Shorea robusta), new leaves with flower buds at Jayanti, Duars

The sal tree (Shorea robusta C. F. Gaertn.) is a hardwood timber tree, up to 30-... Read more


Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) is an annual herbaceous, highly branched... Read more


Broadening horizons

By Harinder P.S. Makkar, Emily Addonizio and Lemma Gizachew

To better monitor the national and regional livestock sectors and formulate adequate development strategies, it is essential to develop systematic approaches to accurately assess livestock feed supplies and obtain better insight into how feed resources are being utilized. The latter information on use of feed resources is achieved by characterizing the feeding systems. A detailed information on feeding systems in lowlands of Ethiopia is presented here. Also approaches to meet the deficiency of animal feed in the dry seasons are presented.

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USDA Food Composition Databases - USDA, 2018. USDA - ARS - Nutrient Data Laboratory

This website allows you to search the USDA Food Composition Databases: USDA National Nutrient Database and USDA Branded Food Products Database. You can search the database by food item, food group, or manufacturer's name to find the nutrient information for your food items. You can also generate lists of foods sorted by nutrient content.

Ethiopia: feed inventory Ethiopia: report on feed inventory and feed balance - FAO, 2018. FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy

This document presents an inventory and balance of feeds available in Ethiopia so that the country can be aware of its needs, resource availability, gaps, implications and how the gap can be filled within the country. This will make feed interventions in the country effective in the immediate, medium and long term as well as provide solutions for replication in the region.

World livestock: Transforming the livestock sector through the Sustainable Development Goals World Livestock: Transforming the livestock sector through the Sustainable Development Goals - FAO, 2018. FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy

The livestock sector can play a key role in addressing, directly or indirectly, sustainable development goals (SDGs). While, for decades, the livestock debate has focused on how to increase production in a sustainable manner, the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has added a new and broader dimension to the debate. It has shifted the emphasis of the conversation from fostering sustainable production per se, to enhancing the sector’s contribution to the achievement of the SDGs.

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