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Pea by-products

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).


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Common names 
  • Pea by-products, frozen pea by-products, canning pea by-products
  • Pea hulls
  • Pea pulp, pea solubles

The industrial processing of garden and field peas yield different by-products that can be used to feed livestock (Jaguelin-Peyraud et al., 2005; Leclerc, 2004):

  • Field pea processing yields discarded peas, pea hulls and other seed residues from the cleaning and splitting operations
  • Green pea processing (canning and freezing) yields a mixture of leaves, stems and empty pods resulting from the cleaning process
  • The pea starch industry yields pea protein (a protein concentrate) and two by-products: pea pulp (a wet product containing cell walls an residual starch), and pea solubles.
Nutritional aspects

Empty pea pods can be used in a variety of ways (fresh in mixture with wheat straw, ensiled with wheat straw or dry) in animal feeding as it is shown in the following video :


By-product of frozen pea processing

The by-product consists of pods and small shelled peas discarded by frozen pea processing plants. After drying, this by-product could be used in rabbit feeding, due to its relatively high levels of protein (20.4 % DM) and fibre (NDF 59 % DM and ADL 5 % DM). In a test where 0, 5 or 10 % of this by-product was included in growing rabbits diets, performance was independent of the inclusion level for average daily gain, feed efficiency and slaughter rate (Grandi et al., 1983).

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Datasheet citation 

DATASHEET UNDER CONSTRUCTION. DO NOT QUOTE. https://feedipedia.org/node/7511 Last updated on October 5, 2021, 17:22

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