Approximately 70% of the phosphorous in
conventional barley exists in the form of phytate which cannot be readily
digested by monogastric animals such as fish. The U.S. Grains Council is
therefore partnering with the Idaho Barley Commission to begin low-phytate
barley aquaculture feeding trials in Vietnam.
Kelly Olson, Idaho Barley Commission administrator,
said the low-phytate barley will be studied in relation to its use as feed for
Catfish Tra, which is one of the major fish grown inVietnam, popular for human consumption.
“Barley has not previously been included in Catfish Tra rations, but it's time
that changes,” said Olson. “Low phytate barley contains attributes that benefit
animal nutrition and help reduce phosphorous pollution.”
“In order to promote the barley for
feeding fish, technical information on the feeding value of U.S.-produced barley
should be available for end-users,” she said. “The U.S. Grains Council is the
organization that can make this happen and we rely on them to assist in
expanding demand for U.S. barley and to educate end-users and
consumers on the benefits of all feed grains.”
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