Both conventional and organic farmers are becoming ever more aware of the need for a safe, readily available, non-GMO, home-grown form of protein to feed their stock. The main ways we can obtain this protein is through growing lupins, peas or cereals.
It is useful to look at the constituent 'feed factor' percentages of these three types of crop:
Constituent Feed Factor Percentages
- 1. NDF%: Neutral Detergent Fibre - Higher percentage number means a higher insoluble cell fibre content
- 2. ADF%: Acid Detergent Fibre - Higher percentage number means a lower digestibility
- 3. LIGNIN%: Higher percentage number means a higher indigestible fibre content
Although Lupins initially look impressive, peas have many advantages over lupins, for example: digestibility, palatability, high starch and can be fed to a greater range of farm animals at higher concentrations. On-farm reports show increased animal production from feeding Combicrop in all combinations.
Peas are good, but how do you grow them?
Growing peas on their own in the UK is exceptionally difficult - there are problems with disease, shedding and flat crops caused by bad weather. This makes peas on their own a high-risk crop to grow. Combicrop, however, makes growing peas relatively easy and safe.
If you have any questions about Combicrop do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help.