Product: FAO launch Feedpedia

Feedipedia is an open access encyclopedia of animal feed resources that provides information, in the form of ‘Feed datasheets’, on nature, occurrence, distribution, chemical composition, nutritional value and safe use of nearly 1400 livestock feed resources.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), the Centre de coopération international en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) and the Association française de zootechnie (AFZ), has set up ‘Feedipedia’. It is based on FAO's previous Animal Feed Resources Information System (AFRIS) and has been rechristened as Feedipedia – Animal Feed Resources Information System. It is jointly  managed by INRA, CIRAD, AFZ and FAO.

The targeted users of this information system are extension and development workers, livestock sector planners, project formulators, livestock farmers, science managers, policy makers, students and researchers.

Feed datasheets contain the following information:

  • Feed names, including vernacular and scientific names
  • Description of the plants or plant parts/products used as feed
  • Feeding recommendations and guidelines for safe use of feed resources for the main livestock species: cattle, sheep, goats, camels, poultry, pigs, rabbits, horses, fish and crustaceans
  • Tables of composition and nutritive value
  • Illustrations, including photos and processing charts
  • Distribution and basic agronomic information
  • Forage management
  • Processes for improving nutritional value
  • Potential constraints such as presence of anti-nutritional and toxic factors
  • Environmental impact of the production and use of feeds

More can be found on the FAO website.

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