Danish ambitions on self-sufficiency in feed protein
By Jane Byrne
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A story on how Denmark could be self-sufficient in protein with 500,000 hectares of grassland wet your appetites.
Investment in new biorefineries and optimization of cultivation practices, along with securing 500,000 hectares of grassland, are some of the steps needed for Denmark to completely replace imported soybean with home-grown grass protein for animal feed, according to a review.
Uffe Jørgensen, head of Aarhus University’s Centre for Circular Bioeconomy (CBIO), told FeedNavigator: “We believe that breeding efforts on protein content and extractability for biorefinery in both grasses and legumes as well as management optimizations can further increase yield potential over the next decade or so. Then we also expect to see increased biorefinery efficiency. Together this will mean that only approximately 500,000 hectares is needed for soy replacement."