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The potential for sprouted seeds to supply feed for laying hens

  • 3 months ago

With the support of the OK-Net EcoFeed project this field lab has been investigating ways of reducing pig and poultry farmer's reliance on imported protein for animal feed. The practice of sprouting seeds has been proposed as a method of ensuring green food is available for livestock all year round and particularly has potential to be used as a feed stuff for birds kept indoors, or in outdoor systems suffering drought or extreme cold.  This trial looked at the feed value of sprouted wheat and vetches, and also whether we can reduce trypsin inhibitor activity (TIA) in vetches through the sprouting process.

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About OK-Net EcoFeed:
OK-Net EcoFeed is a 3-year project running from January 2018 to March 2021. The overall aim of OK-Net EcoFeed is to help farmers, breeders and the organic feed pro-cessing industry in achieving the goal of 100% use of organic and regional feed for monogastrics.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773911.

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