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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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Tagetes erecta flowers

Mexican marigold (Tagetes erecta L.) is an herbaceous plant from the sunflower... Read more

Carrot plant

The carrot (Daucus carota L.) is an annual or biennial herb with a thick fleshy... Read more

Carpet grass (Axonopus fissifolius) habit, Maui, Hawaii

Carpet grass (Axonopus fissifolius (Raddi) Kuhlm.) is a rhizomatous,... Read more

Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua L.) female flowers

The carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua L.) is an evergreen shrub or tree cultivated... Read more

Luffa (Luffa aegyptiaca), habit and fruits, Guatemala

Luffa (Luffa aegyptiaca Mill.) is a plant from the cucumber family grown for its... Read more

Calotropis procera, habit

Calotropis (Calotropis procera (Aiton) W. T. Aiton) is a spreading shrub or... Read more

Calopo (Calopogonium mucunoides), habit, Kolo Fuma, Congo

Calopo (Calopogonium mucunoides Desv.) is a vigorous, hairy annual or short-... Read more

Butterfly pea (Clitoria ternatea)

The butterfly pea (Clitoria ternatea L.) is a vigorous, trailing, scrambling or... Read more

Burgu (Echinochloa stagnina) seeds

Burgu (Echinochloa stagnina (Retz.) P. Beauv.) is a perennial, or sometimes... Read more

Buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris)

Buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris L.) is a valuable tropical grass cultivated in... Read more

Buffalo grass (Paspalum conjugatum)

Buffalo grass (Paspalum conjugatum P. J. Bergius) is a spreading perennial grass... Read more

Blue panic (Panicum antidotale), Molokai, Hawaii

Blue panic (Panicum antidotale Retz.) is a vigorous, tufted perennial grass that... Read more

Blanket grass (Axonopus compressus) sward, Maui, Hawaii

Blanket grass (Axonopus compressus (Sw.) P. Beauv.) is a robust creeping... Read more

Black gram (Vigna mungo) seeds

Black gram (Vigna mungo (L.) Hepper) is an erect, fast-growing annual,... Read more

Birdwood grass (Cenchrus setiger) spike

Birdwood grass (Cenchrus setiger Vahl) is a tufted perennial grass up to 70-100... Read more

Berseem (Trifolium alexandrinum) cut for cattle, Alexandria, Egypt

Berseem (Trifolium alexandrinum L.) is one of the most important leguminous... Read more

Bauhinia (Bauhinia thonningii) tree, Malawi

Bauhinia thonningii is a legume tree 4 to 15 m high, with a round crown. The... Read more

Barley grain

Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) is one of the main cereal crops. With 150 million... Read more

Barbadinho (Desmodium barbatum) habit, Zimbabwe

Desmodium barbatum (L.) Benth is a short-lived perennial, erect, more or less... Read more

Banana peels

Banana peels are the outer envelopes of banana fruits. They are the by-product of... Read more

Banana trunk, North Vietnam

While banana production is a fruit crop, it generates large amounts of forage material... Read more


Broadening horizons

By Breanna M. Roque1, Jayasooriya A. D. R. N. Appuhamy1,2, and Ermias Kebreab1

1University of California and 2Iowa State University

While exogenous enzymes have long been proven to be effective in non-ruminant diets, the use of exogenous enzymes in ruminant diets has been limited. This paper reviews amylolytic, proteolytic and fibrolytic enzymes and their potential role in ruminant diets. The few studies conducted so far on effectiveness of ß-mannanase in ruminants have shown beneficial nutritional effects in goats, beef and lactating cows. In addition, there is some indication of health benefits from ß-mannanase in ruminants as well. 

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Animal Nutrition in FAO and Sustainable Development Goals - FAO, 2017. FAO, Rome, Italy

This document shows how animal nutrition can help achieving the 17 sustainable development goals in UNFAO Members States.

Livestock and climate change - FAO, 2016. FAO, Rome, Italy

This document is a compendium of FAO's work on climate change. It summarizes impacts of climate change on livestock and livestock smallholders and provides a wealth of information on the roles of livestock in climate change.

Comprehensive EU protein balance sheet - EU Commission, 2016. EU Commission, Brussel, Belgium

This document is the first comprehensive EU protein balance sheet. The sheet is an overview of total EU production, consumption and trade of all marketable sources of proteins used in animal feed production.The balance sheet shows the total protein needs in the EU, with EU production of cereals and oilseeds.

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