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Sunflower head
Sunflower head (Credits: Gilles Tran, AFZ)
A bag of cotton seeds for cattle
A bag of cotton seeds for cattle (Credits: Thamizhpparithi Maari)
Maize grain, France
Maize grain, France (Credits: Gilles Tran, AFZ)
Azolla (Credits: Gilles Tran / AFZ)
Cowpea, black variety, Vietnam
Cowpea, black variety, Vietnam (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)
Red clover flowers
Red clover flowers (Credits: Gilles Tran, AFZ)
Guinea grass, Maui
Guinea grass, Maui (Credits: Forest & Kim Starr)
Sorghum grains, France
Sorghum grains, France (Credits: Gilles Tran, AFZ)
Vicia sativa flowers
Vicia sativa flowers (Credits: Alvesgaspar)
Cassava leaves, North Vietnam
Cassava leaves, North Vietnam (Credits: Gilles Tran / AFZ)

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Rye (Secale cereale) grain

Rye (Secale cereale L.) is a winter-hardy annual or biennial grass. It is mostly... Read more

Sorghum plant

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

Harvested rice, Central Vietnam

Rough rice, also called paddy rice, is the whole rice grain with the hulls (about 20% of... Read more

Red clover flowers

The red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) is a short-lived perennial (2-4 years)... Read more

Aleppo grass (Sorghum halepense) thicket,

Aleppo grass (Sorghum halepense (L.) Pers.) is a forage grass widespread... Read more

Narbonne vetch (Vicia narbonensis), habit

The Narbon vetch (Vicia narbonensis L.) is an annual legume with thick, angular... Read more

Sainfoin foliage

Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia) is an erect, perennial herbaceous legume. It... Read more

Grewia (Grewia bicolor), habit

False brandy bush (Grewia bicolor A. Juss.) is a many-stemmed shrub that may... Read more

Pinto peanut (Arachis pintoi) stand, Oahu, Hawaii

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

Timothy grass (Phleum pratense), habit, Germany

Timothy grass (Phleum pratense) is a cool-season perennial grass from temperate... Read more

Mung bean (Vigna radiata) field

The mung bean (Vigna radiata (L.) R. Wilczek) is a legume cultivated for its ... Read more

Limpo grass (Hemarthria altissima), Maui  Hawaii

Limpo grass (Hemarthria altissima (Poir.) Stapf & CE Hubbard) is a grass... Read more

The moru oak (Quercus floribunda Lindl. ex A. Camus) is a large evergreen tree... Read more

Mealworms (Tenebrio molitor)

Mealworms are the larvae of two species of darkling beetles of the Tenebrionidae family, ... Read more

Desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria)

Locusts, grasshoppers (mostly Acrididae and Pyrgomorphidae), crickets (Gryllidae) and... Read more


Linseeds are the seeds of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum L.). Flax is grown... Read more

Indian laurel (Litsea glutinosa) forage

The Indian laurel (Litsea glutinosa (Lour.) C. B. Rob.) is an evergreen, or... Read more

Housefly maggots

The housefly (Musca domestica Linnaeus 1758) is the most common fly (Diptera)... Read more

Giant star grass (Cynodon plectostachyus (K. Schum.) Pilger) is a robust,... Read more

Duckweeds: Spirodela polyrhiza, Lemna minor, and Wolffia arrhiza

Duckweeds are tiny free-floating vascular plants found throughout the world on fresh (or... Read more

Cowpea plant, Shewula district, Swaziland.

The cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) is an annual herbaceous legume... Read more


Broadening horizons

By John Moran, Profitable Dairy Systems, Kyabram, Victoria, Australia

Defining the status (wet, non-pregnant; wet, pregnant; dry, pregnant; dry, non-pregnant) of milking cows in tropical dairy farms is a useful tool to manage feeding and herd management. Good observation skills and a regular collection of data are necessary to provide consistent supply of nutrients to sustain milk yields.

Recent resources

Dubeux, 2011. Use of cactus for livestock feeding Use of cactus for livestock feeding - Dubeux, 2011. Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE)

This document presents some information on cactus production and utilization based on the Brazilian experience. It includes videos that can also be watched on Feedipedia's YouTube channel.

Tran et al., 2015. Animal Frontiers, 5 (2): 37-44 Insects in fish diets - Tran et al., 2015. Animal Frontiers, 5 (2): 37-44

This new Feedipedia paper presents the rearing, composition, nutritional value and use of insects such as black soldier fly larvae, housefly maggots, mealworms, locusts and silkworms as a replacement of soybean meal and fish meal in the diet of fish.

Moran et al., 2015. CSIRO Publishing Cow talk : Understanding dairy cow behaviour to improve their welfare on Asian farms - Moran et al., 2015. CSIRO Publishing

The aim of this manual is to improve the welfare of dairy cattle in tropical developing countries, and by doing so, optimise cow and herd performance. It gives the stockmen and farmers directly concerned with the cattle a better understanding of animal behaviour and the ways cattle communicate their comfort or distress.

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