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Rye in pig and cattle feeding - KWS guide

Rye is highly attractive!

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With feeding it is important to achieve high daily gains and milk yields. At the same time it is very important that animals are fed in a healthy and cost-efficient manner. Feeding results from across Europe underscore just how well rye is able to fulfil these requirements. Good examples of this can be found in Denmark and Germany. In these places rye is an established high-grade food component in many self-mixing operations and it is enjoying increasing popularity because pigs and cows thrive on rye! Hybrid rye, moreover, is able to generate very high grain yields in light to medium soil and comes with very good nutritional efficiency and stress tolerance. This enables you to have a very high degree of cultivation reliability in such locations and to produce feeding components efficiently and economically. With this brochure we want to give you some valuable basic information about rye as a feeding component and to provide you with some empirical reports and dietary examples for the use of rye in the feeding of pigs and cattle. This practical guide also contains summarised scientific results from feeding trials conducted in Europe. Since 2008 the project RYE BELT initiated by KWS LOCHOW has been promoting the cultivation of rye throughout Europe. The Project focuses on cultivation, utilisation, breeding and the marketing of rye. Find out more at www.ryebelt.com At this point we would like to thank the authors and trial organisers for their willing support in the preparation of this brochure.

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