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Renewed interest for silvopastoral systems in Europe – an inventory of the feeding value of fodder trees

Luske, B. and van Eekeren, N. (2014) Renewed interest for silvopastoral systems in Europe – an inventory of the feeding value of fodder trees. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 3, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 811-814.

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With the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy of the EU (CAP) there is a renewed attention for implementation of agroforestry and silvopastoral systems. The multifunctional use of trees for energy production, nutrient cycling, carbon storage, biodiversity, landscape and -last but not least- fodder could make trees a third crop next to grass and maize on dairy farms. To decide which trees to use for planting, it is important to have also insight into the feeding value of the different tree leave species. Therefore a database has been created on the basis of available literature on feeding values of leaves and twigs. Compared to grass, the in-vitro Organic Matter Digestibility of tree leaves is relatively low. However, crude protein and mineral levels of some species are relatively high, which shows the potential value of tree leaves as an additional feed source.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:tree leaves, digestibility, crude protein, minerals, CAP, greening measures
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
"Organics" in general
Farming Systems
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Sheep and goats
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Related Links:http://www.voederbomen.nl
Deposited By: Luske, MSc B
ID Code:24175
Deposited On:31 Oct 2014 15:26
Last Modified:31 Oct 2014 15:27
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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