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Conservation of protein/energy rich alternatives to forages - LS0301

Description
The aim of this research project is to identify alternative, practical and economically viable conservation strategies for using home grown, high protein/energy forage crops to replace animal-based protein concentrates to supplement grass silage for sustainable animal production. Efficient nitrogen and energy utilization in the rumen will also result in reduced nitrogen losses to the environment. Information on the conservation of high protein/energy forage crops such as kale, red clover, oats and bicropping of cereal/legumes can be immediately taken up on-farm as a means of improving protein supply for animal production. In the longer term improved harvesting and bio-control technologies can be developed to enhance ruminant utilisation of protein and energy from on-farm grown conserved forage crops. The results from this programme will be relevant to farmers, the seed industry and MAFF, but more importantly will encourage consumer confidence in animal products that have been produced wholly on natural home-grown forages. Research in this area is directed to allow the most effective use of indigenous protein resources to improve the efficiency of ruminant production, so as to improve the competitiveness to the industry. By replacing animal based, protein concentrates with alternative protein rich forages, this will create opportunity for milk producers to become more competitive.
Project Documents
• Final Report : conserved protein and energy rich alternative forage in sustainable livestock production   (272k)
• Final Report - Annex : iger   (1077k)
• Final Report - Annex : IGER Technology Transfer   (25k)
• Final Report - Annex : Industry oganisation outreach   (22k)
• Final Report - Annex : KT Factsheets on Red Clover Red clover silage   (92k)
• Final Report - Annex : Livestock Knowledge Transfer   (351k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1997

To: 2002

Cost: £716,441
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Institute of Grassland and Environment Research (IGER)
Keywords
Dairy              
Farming              
Livestock Farming              
Nutrition              
Peer Review              
Fields of Study
Livestock