News & Analysis on the Global Animal Feed Industry
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By Jane Byrne
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In July, we reported on an EU funded project, whereby researchers assessed whether protein rich co-products of pea gin production could be a substitute for soybean meal in dairy cattle feed.
The research team involved experts across several universities in Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as in a distillery. The overarching theme of the research is that legume biorefining for alcohol has the potential to reduce Europe's protein deficit and mitigate climate change.
Lead researcher, David Styles, told us the co-product, generated by peas as feedstocks for gin production, would be a valuable high protein feed product for dairy cattle, and it would be quite distinct from DDGS from alcohol production for use in feed due to its high protein content level.
Feeding trials could be helpful in this respect: “There would be a merit in seeing how available pea protein is and how much soybean meal it could replace in a ration or a blended mix of feed.”