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Sainfoin seeds as protein source for weaned piglets - a new utilization of a long-known forage legume

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Baldinger, Lisa; Hagmüller, Werner; Spanlang, Ulrike; Matzner, Marlene and Zollitsch, Werner (2012) Sainfoin seeds as protein source for weaned piglets - a new utilization of a long-known forage legume. In: Rahmann, Gerold and Godinho, Denise (Eds.) Tackling the Future Challenges of Organic Animal Husbandry, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, Hamburg, Trenthorst, Germany, pp. 371-374.

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Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia) has been used as a forage legume for centuries and is also popular for use as green manure in some Austrian regions, but so far the protein-rich seeds have not been utilized as a feedstuff. As part of the EU Core Organic ll research project ICOPP (Improved contribution of local feed to support 100% organic feed supply to pigs and poultry), sainfoin seeds have recently been tested as a protein source for weaned piglets. The protein-rich components of the control diet were peas and soybean cake, which were substituted by sainfoin seeds in the experimental diets H (10% sainfoin seeds), D 10 and D 16 (10 and 16% dehulled sainfoin seeds, respectively; as fed basis). Neither feed intake and body weight gain nor feed conversion ratio differed between treatments. This leads to the conclusion that sainfoin seeds can be used as a protein source for piglets just as well as peas and soybean cake.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:piglets; sainfoin; protein supply; grain legume
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
EnglishUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic II > ICOPP
ISSN:0376-0723
Related Links:http://www.organicresearchcentre.com/icopp/
Deposited By: Baldinger, Dr Lisa
ID Code:22328
Deposited On:06 Mar 2013 10:30
Last Modified:06 Mar 2013 10:30
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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