Alternatives to soy
Lupin can be a good soybean replacer in the animals diet because of its protein content. Significative results still need to be gathered.
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Why does it matter?
Currently, a lot of research is being carried out to find alternatives to replace soybean meal. Among the protein crops that could replace soybean, lupin is the one with the highest protein content (35% crude protein). There is a lot of lupin crop production in the EU, which may be beneficial to soil health and carbon footprint. However, a lot research is still needed to assess this. A good approach would be to test the soil and local conditions, to develop an action plan accordingly.
How did we solve this?
- The pilot did not have significant or positive results. Further investigation of local production of soybean replacement proteins is still needed. The protein content in lupin is 35%, but it is not enough to completely replace soy in the diet. The lifetime production of cows is expected to stay stable and less fertiliser is needed for lupin crop. However, the yield (t/ha) of feed is low and lupin production is not cheaper than purchasing soy.
Opportunities for other farms?
This practice is suitable on farms where climate and soil conditions are suitable for growing lupin. Lupin production could be beneficial for soil health.
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