Project

Optimising the use of barley straw in tropical ruminant diets

Duration
01 October 2018 → Ongoing
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Other chemical sciences
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural animal production
    • Food sciences and (bio)technology
    • Veterinary medicine
Keywords
barley straw livestock nutrition sheep
 
Project description

Barley straw is an available aftermath crop for livestock, but nutritive value is low. Three strategies will be evaluated to improve nutritive value: 1) selecting the best origin of barley straw (geographical region and barley variety), 2) increase digestive efficiency through chopping, 3) targeted combination with other local sources to optimise microbial efficiency in the rumen (protein from fodder trees).