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Ensiling legume forage stems (ProRefine Practice Abstract)

{Tool} Ensiling legume forage stems (ProRefine Practice Abstract). Creator(s): Bani, Paolo. Issuing Organisation(s): Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. CORE Organic Practice Abstracts. (2022)

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Summary

This ProRefine Practice Abstract provides practical recommendations for ensiling legume forage stems in order to support the implementation of biorefined forage legumes as high-quality protein sources in the European organic sector, while also giving value to the fibrous co-products. This will contribute to strengthening the agricultural sector in Europe improving the integrated utilisation of local resources.


EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Making silage from legume forage stems - learn it here!
What problem does the tool address?:Field fractionation of forages can separate the leaves and some top stems, rich in protein and low in fibre, that can be used in the diets of monogastrics. The residual stems, still represent a valuable wet feedstuff for ruminants that needs to be preserved. With haymaking, most of the leaves still attached are lost.
What solution does the tool offer?:Ensiling is the best option - the process of making silage. But stems have a high moisture content that can lead to high seepage and unfavourable fermentation. Wilting to 30 - 40% dry matter avoids seepage. The addition of soluble sugars as molasses at 50 kg/ton of fresh forage directs the process towards lactic fermentation and improves silage quality. Mixing wet stems with dry beet pulp or cereal meals at 100 – 200 kg/ton of fresh stems enables ensiling of the unwilted stems and improves the fermentative and nutritional value of the final silage.
Country:Italy
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:Animal production, biorefinery, forage fractionation, sustainability, self-sufficiency
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feed composition
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_10770
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feed crops
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_2829
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forage
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36108
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feed processing
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_16127
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legumes
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_4255
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Subjects: Animal husbandry
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Research affiliation: Denmark > AU - Aarhus University
European Union > CORE Organic Cofund > ProRefine
Turkey > Other Organizations
European Union > CORE Organic Cofund
France > INRAe - Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement
International Organizations > International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM > Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM
Italy > Univ. Sacro Cuore Piacenza
Norway > RURALIS – Institute for Rural and Regional Research
Norway > NIBIO – Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
Sweden > Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:727495
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/43872, https://www.facebook.com/organicfarmknowledge/posts/469465318299441, https://twitter.com/farm_knowledge/status/1512052247756263425
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Gernert, Maria
ID Code:43872
Deposited On:23 Mar 2022 06:57
Last Modified:08 Apr 2022 05:57
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished

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