Animal feed resources information system


Search for resources: feed and plant databases, books, organisations and networks,

Sansoucy, 1985. FAO Animal Production and Health Paper - 43

Olive by-products for animal feed

A review of information on possibilities of using harvest residues and olive oil industry by-products in animal feeding.

October 4, 2012
Casteignau, 2004. Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse


Vegetox contains 160 monographs of plants toxic for farm animals or pets, and a image database of 600 photos.

October 4, 2012

GMO Register

The GMO Register is managed by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Its purpose is to publish information and to receive comments from the public regarding notifications about deliberate field trials and placing on the market of genetically modified organisms.

October 4, 2012
Cornell University, 2012. Cornell University, Department of Animal Science

Plants poisonous to livestock and other animals

Reference that includes plant images, pictures of affected animals and presentations concerning the botany, chemistry, toxicology, diagnosis and prevention of poisoning of animals by plants and other natural flora (fungi, etc.).

October 4, 2012

FDA Poisonous Plant Database

The Poisonous Plant database provides access to references in the scientific literature describing studies and reports of the toxic properties and effects of plants and plant parts.

October 4, 2012
Motooka et al., 2003. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Weeds of Hawaii’s Pastures and Natural Areas; An Identification and Management Guide

These factsheets include a quick visual key to help quickly identify weedy trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and grasses found in Hawaii.

October 4, 2012
AWI et al., 2012. A collaboration between AWI, GRDC, MLA, RIRDC and Dairy Australia

Pastures Australia

The Pasture Selection Tool is a comprehensive guide to Australian pasture species and tool for selecting pasture species suitable for local Australian conditions.

October 3, 2012
Prosea Foundation, 2012. PROSEA Foundation, Bogor, Indonesia

Prosea: Plant resources of South-east Asia

PROSEA (Plant Resources of South East Asia) is an international cooperative program with the main goal of documenting information on plant resources in South East Asia, and making them widely available for use by the education, extension, research and industry sectors as well as for the end users. 

October 3, 2012

PROTA: Plant resources of tropical Africa

PROTA is an international, not-for-profit foundation. It intends to synthesize the dispersed information on the approximately 7,000 useful plants of Tropical Africa and to provide wide access to the information through Web databases, Books, CD-Roms and Special Products.

October 3, 2012
CISEH, 2012. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health and USDA APHIS PPQ


Database of invasive and exotic species of North America. Concerns any species, including its seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species, that is not native to that ecosystem; and whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

October 3, 2012

Silvics of native and exotic trees of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands

October 3, 2012


NewCROP (New Crops Resource Online Program) is an information-rich site related to crop plants. It is a project of the Purdue University Center for New Crops and Plant Products and is associated with the New Crop Diversification project and the Jefferson Institute.

October 3, 2012

Wildland Shrubs of the United States and its Territories: Thamnic Descriptions

Database of wildland shrubs species found in the USA.

October 3, 2012
FAO, 2012. INPho - Information Network on Post-harvest operations

Post-harvest Compendium

The Post-harvest Compendium (FAO) covers the key issues in post-harvest operations or post-production activities for staples and other food crops. It is designed to provide technical, updated information about how, when and what is done after production of the crops in different communities around the world.

October 2, 2012

GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora

GrassBase include flora style descriptions for all grass species. It can be browsed or used to identify grass species. The synonymy database allows users to find the accepted name, synonyms and distribution for a grass species using any of its synonyms.

October 2, 2012

Manual of Grasses for North America and Flora North America North of Mexico, volumes 24 and 25

This website covers grass species found in North America north of Mexico. In addition to native species and established introductions, it includes many cultivated species, some introductions that failed to become established, and a few weedy species 

October 2, 2012

Fire Effects Information

FEIS (USDA) summarizes and synthesizes research about living organisms in the United States — their biology, ecology, and relationship to fire.

October 2, 2012
ALP, 2008. Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux

Swiss feed database

The Swiss feed database includes information on more than 600 feeds available in Switzerland including raw materials and fodder.

October 1, 2012
AFZ et al., 2012. Association Française de Zootechnie and Cereopa


FeedBase.com presents technical and economical information on feeds.

October 1, 2012
Starr et al., 2012. HEAR - Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk

Plants of Hawaii

Images of plants found in Hawaii, by Forest & Kim Starr. Part of the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk (HEAR) project.

October 1, 2012

IPNI - International Plant Names Index

IPNI is a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of seed plants, ferns and lycophytes. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary sources for basic bibliographic information about plant names.

October 1, 2012
NDDB, 2012. National Dairy Development Board, Animal Nutrition Group, Anand, India

Nutritive value of commonly available feeds and fodders in India

A compendium of Indian feeds and forages. Includes descriptions, pictures, chemical composition and metabolizable energy for ruminants.

September 28, 2012

GRIN - Germplasm Resources Information Network

GRIN Taxonomy for Plants (USDA) includes all families and genera of vascular plants. More than 50,000 species from throughout the world are represented, especially economic plants and their relatives. Information on scientific and common names, classification, distribution, references, and economic impacts are provided.

August 21, 2012
GISD, 2012. Invasive Species Specialist Group of the IUCN

Global Invasive Species Database

The Global Invasive Species Database covers all taxonomic groups of invasive alien species, from micro-organisms to animals and plants, in all ecosystems. It aims to increase public awareness about introduced species that negatively impact biodiversity, and to facilitate effective prevention and management activities. 

February 16, 2012
FAO, 2012. FAO, Rome, Italy

Grassland Index. A searchable catalogue of grass and forage legumes

The Grassland Index (FAO) contains detailed descriptions of more than 600 grassland species and a linked picture gallery of photos.

January 4, 2012
NRC, 2001. 7th Revised Edition, Subcommittee on Dairy Cattle Nutrition, Committee on Animal Nutrition, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, National Research Council, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.

Nutrient requirements of dairy cattle

July 13, 2011
Suttie, 2000. FAO Plant Production and Protection Series No. 29, FAO, Rome

Hay and straw conservation for small-scale farming and pastoral conditions

This publication discusses hay, hay crops and crop residues in a wide range of situations, as essential components of fodder management in livestock production, and draws on examples from many parts of the world.

June 6, 2011
Devendra, 1985. FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, 2nd edition, Bangkok,1985

Non conventional feed resources in Asia and the Pacific

A thorough review of literature on the availability and utilization of non-conventional feed resources in Asia and the Pacific Region.

February 22, 2011
Suttie et al., 2005. FAO, Plant production and protection series, No. 34

Grasslands of the world

This book provides an overview of a range of grassland systems worldwide, and in a final chapter briefly assesses the state of the grasslands, their management, various grassland resources, the complementary roles of sown pastures, fodder crops and natural grasslands and concludes by looking at various social, economic and environmental factors.

January 3, 2011
Devendra, 1988. Proceedings of a Consultation held in Hisar, India, 21-29 March 1988, IDRC, ICAR

Non-conventional feed resources and fibrous agricultural residues. Strategies for expanded utilization

This publication focuses on expanding the utilization of nonconventional feeds and fibrous agricultural residues in South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The availability of the total feed resources and present patterns of utilization by livestock are discussed in the context of the opportunities for expanding development efforts, especially at the farm level in the future.

December 3, 2010

Underutilized resources as animal feedstuffs

November 24, 2010
NRC, 1996. National Research Council, USA

Lost Crops of Africa. Volume I Grains

This book focuses on native cereals from Africa, and presents information on where and how each grain is grown, harvested, and processed and list its benefits and limitations as a food source.

October 6, 2010
Machin, D.; Nyvold, S.. Proceedings of the FAO Expert Consultation held in CIAT, Cali, Colombia 21–25 January 1991; FAO Animal Production and Health Paper - 95

Roots, tubers, plantains and bananas in animal feeding

July 27, 2010
BVN, 2010. Botany Research and Development Group of Vietnam

Vietnam plant data center

Database about the plant resources of Vietnam. 

July 21, 2010

An introduction to agroforestry

July 12, 2010
Mondragon-Jacobo et al., 2001. FAO Plant production and protection papers Vol 169. FAO

Cactus (Opuntia spp.) as forage

This book provides technical and scientific knowledge on opuntia utilization as forage in many different places in the world.

June 15, 2010
eFloras, 2010. Harvard University

eFloras, a collection of on-line floras from around the world

Includes floras from Madagascar, Chile, Ecuador, North America, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Taiwan etc.

June 11, 2010
Preston, 1995. FAO Animal Production and Health Paper 126

Tropical animal feeding. A manual for research workers

This FAO manual includes: the importance of managing natural resources for sustainable development and of identifying priority areas for research aimed at solving practical problems and improving the lot of small farmers in developing countries, the basic principles of animal nutrition, the identification of important feed resources and of some appropriate technologies to better use them.

March 24, 2010
Le Houérou, 1980. Papers presented in the International Symposium on Browse in Africa, Addis Ababa, April 8-12, 1980, International Livestock Center for Africa

Browse in Africa. The current state of knowledge

March 24, 2010

ILDIS World Database of Legumes

ILDIS is an international project which maintains a database of plants in the family Fabaceae (Leguminosae) and provides services to scientists and other people interested in these plants

March 24, 2010
NAS, 1982. 3rd Revision, National Academy of Sciences, Publication No. 1684

United States-Canadian Tables of Feed Composition

March 24, 2010
Gutteridge et al., 1994. The Tropical Grassland Society of Australia

Forage tree legumes in tropical agriculture

This book provides a comprehensive coverage of the major tropical forage tree legume species, and their evaluation and utilisation in sustainable agricultural production systems.

March 24, 2010
NRC, 2008. National Research Council, USA

Lost Crops of Africa. Volume III Fruits

March 24, 2010

Famine foods database

Plants that are not normally considered as crops are consumed in times of famine. This website provides insight to potential new food sources that ordinarily would not be considered.

March 24, 2010
Orwa et al., 2009. World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya

Agroforestree Database: a tree reference and selection guide version 4.0

The Agroforestree Database provides information on the management, use and ecology of a wide range of tree species which can be used in agroforestry.

March 24, 2010
CGIAR, 2009. CGIAR Systemwide Livestock Programme

SSA Feeds - Sub-saharan Africa feed composition database

Web-based software and database that provides information on the nutritive value of 14,571 samples of 459 livestock feeds from 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

March 24, 2010
Cook et al., 2005. CSIRO, DPI&F(Qld), CIAT and ILRI, Brisbane, Australia

Tropical forages

Tropical Forages is a tool for selecting forage species suitable for local conditions in the tropics and subtropics.

March 24, 2010
Pérez, 1997. FAO Animal Production and Health Paper - 132

Feeding pigs in the tropics

This publication is an extensive review of the research on non-traditional feedstuffs used for feeding pigs in the tropics.

March 24, 2010