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Conference paper - Peer-reviewed, 2013

Methods for examining fungal prevalence in haylage

Spörndly, Rolf


The production of organic milk is increasing in Sweden. In 2012 it made up 12.7% of total milk delivered. One constraining factor in the production is the scarcity of protein- rich feedstuffs. The price of protein- rich concentrates certified as organic is high, creating a growing interest in home-grown protein- rich feeds. Field beans, Vicia faba, is an attractive crop for organic cultivation and should have the potential to add valuable protein to diets for ruminants. Being a legume, field beans can fix atmospherics nitrogen and are also appreciated as a preceding crop in the crop rotation system due to its deep root system. However, rumen solubility of the protein fraction in field beans is high, as in most other home-grown crops. When feeding a diet based on grass-clover silage and concentrates based on wheat, barley or oats, all feeds consist of easily degrade protein. A protein supplement with higher resistance towards rumen degradation combined with a high total digestibility would be desirable.


Vicia faba; animal feed; field beans; rumen solubility

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Publisher: Swedish university of agricultural sciences


Proceedings of the 4th Nordic Feed Science Conference

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Nutrition and Management

UKÄ Subject classification

Animal and Dairy Science

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