Legumes in dairy farming

   Alternatives to soya for dairy cows
 

Soybean meal is considered the gold standard
for supporting high milk yields in dairy cows.
However, it is falling out of favour with milk
processors, consumers and dairy farmers for
many reasons. Environmental concerns around
how imported soybean is produced, a desire to
reduce the carbon footprint of milk, and pressure
from milk buyers means that farmers are looking
at alternatives. 

MacPherson, L. L.

Available in English

Feeding faba beans to dairy cows
 

More UK dairy farmers are moving away from soya as a protein source for a range of reasons including consumer concerns about the environmental and social consequences of soya production in some exporting countries. This practice note discusses the suitability of faba bean (field bean) for the replacement of soya in dairy rations. 

MacPherson, L. L.

Available in English

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Feeding pea to dairy cows
 

Soya can be successfully substituted with peas in dairy cows without affecting milk output or compositional quality.
Being able to produce more home-grown protein in the form of pea can reduce the reliance on soya and feed costs.

MacPherson, L. L.

Available in English