publication . External research report . Article . 2021

Feeding faba bean to dairy cows: Using faba bean to replace soya in dairy rations

MacPherson, Lorna L.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Feb 2021
  • Publisher: Zenodo
Abstract
More UK dairy farmers are moving away from soya as a protein source for a range of reasons including consumer concerns about the environmental and social consequences of soya production in some exporting countries. This practice note discusses the suitability of faba bean (field bean) for the replacement of soya in dairy rations. The faba bean can be used for the protein enrichment of cereal-based concentrate feeds. The nutritional value of faba bean and whether it can maintain milk output and composition when replacing soya in milking cow rations is examined to support decisions around if and how to use faba bean for feeding dairy cows.
Subjects
free text keywords: Diary cow, Nutrition, Faba bean
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EC| Legumes Translated
Project
Legumes Translated
Translating knowledge for legume-based farming for feed and food systems.
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 817634
  • Funding stream: H2020 | CSA
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