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

DFID, 2005. Livestock Production Programme, funded by DFID and managed by NR international

Livestock husbandry library

300 publications in PDF format (notably by FAO and the National Resources Institute) on the practical aspects of livestock husbandry.

October 5, 2012
CIAT, 2012. Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

On-line tools and methods

A collection of digital publications by CIAT. Includes books on forages, legume seeds, rice and cassava.

October 5, 2012
USDA, 2012. United States Department of Agriculture

National Agricultural Library Digital Collections

Collection of materials from the USDA National Agricultural Library. The materials are available in digital format, whether those materials originated in that format or were converted to it later.

October 5, 2012
FAO, 2012. FAO

FAO Corporate Document Repository

Database of on-line FAO publications and reports

October 5, 2012

ILRI Repository on livestock research

An index and repository of research outputs and publications produced or sponsored by ILRI

October 5, 2012
Lund University, 2012. Lund University

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access journals

The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. It aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.

October 5, 2012
ICAR, 2012. Indian Council of Agricultural Research

Indian Agricultural Research Journals

An online Journal publishing system for Research Journals by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

October 5, 2012

Pakistan Research Repository

Pakistan Research Repository is digital archive of all PhD theses produced indigenously to promote the intellectual output of Pakistani institutions. It provides a free, single-entry access point to view the manuscript of research executed.

October 5, 2012

SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

Access to about 1000 scientific journals from Latin America and the Caribbean.

October 5, 2012
CTAHR, 2012. University of Hawai‘i - College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

University of Hawai‘i - College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources - Publication and Information Central

Database of on-line publications of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources in Hawaii

October 5, 2012
FAO, 2011. Proc. FAO Electronic Conference, 1-30 September 2010, Rome, Italy. Edited by Harinder P.S. Makkar. FAO Animal Production and Health Proceedings. No. 11. Rome, Italy.

Successes and failures with animal nutrition practices and technologies in developing countries

This document presents the current status of animal nutrition practices and technologies being practiced in developing countries and an analysis of the reasons for their success or failure. It also contains a synthesis paper that summarises the major issues discussed by participants and presents conclusion drawn and lessons learnt for the future. 

October 5, 2012
FAO and IFIF, 2010. FAO Animal Production and Health Manual No. 9. Rome

Good practices for the feed industry – Implementing the Codex Alimentarius Code of Practice on Good Animal Feeding

This manual provides updated comprehensive information and practical guidelines to assist producers and all stakeholders along the production and distribution chain to comply with the regulatory framework, which have or will come into force in response to the Codex Alimentarius Code of Practice on Good Animal Feeding.

October 5, 2012

AGRIS: International Information System for the Agricultural Sciences and Technology

AGRIS is a public domain database of structured bibliographical records on agricultural science and technology. The bibliographic references contain either links to the full text of the publication or additional information retrieved from related Internet resources.

October 5, 2012


FreeFullPDF is a search engine that indexes millions of free full-text scientific articles in PDF format. It includes journal articles, theses, patents and posters.

October 5, 2012
FAO, 2011. FAO Animal Production and Health Manual No. 14. Rome

Quality assurance for animal feed analysis laboratories

This document gives a comprehensive account of good laboratory practices, quality assurance procedures and examples of standard operating procedures as used in individual specialist laboratories. 

October 5, 2012
FAO, 2012. Edited by Harinder P.S. Makkar. FAO, Rome

Biofuel co-products as livestock feed - Opportunities and challenges

This publication collates, discusses and summarizes state-of-the-art knowledge on the use as livestock feed and future availability of co-products from the biofuel industry. The levels at which the co-products could be safely used in livestock diets are also presented. Gaps in knowledge and research topics needed to address them have been identified. These include standardization of product quality to assist ration formulation; testing of new products; development of detoxification procedures; research on micro-algae; and life cycle analysis linked to traditional nutritional appraisal.

October 5, 2012
FAO, 2012. By Emmanuel S. Quansah & Harinder P.S. Makkar. Animal Production and Health Working Paper. No. 8. Rome

Use of lesser-known plants and plant parts as animal feed resources in tropical regions

The aim of this study was to identify lesser-known, alternative feed resources that have potential to enhance animal productivity. The chemical composition of plants/plant parts used, their palatability and medicinal value to animals are reported in this paper

October 5, 2012
Meeker, 2006. National Renderers Association

Essential rendering: All about the animal by-products industry

This book documents the technologies, manufacturing procedures, capabilities, research, and infrastructure that make the rendering industry important to the United States and Canada.

October 4, 2012

Tropical plants usable as fodder for rabbits

This survey of scientific literature presents 80 plant species that can be used to feed rabbits in West Africa, including wild plants and cultivated crops (in French).

October 4, 2012
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

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
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
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
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


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
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

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

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

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

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
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

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
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
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