Low-phytate barley feeding trial in Vietnam
The US Grains Council is partnering with the Idaho
Barley Commission to begin low-phytate barley aquaculture feeding trials in
Approximately 21 metric tonnes of low-phytate barley was shipped Vietnam
where it will be field tested.
The barley was donated by the Idaho Barley
Commission and the Council arranged for payment of ocean freight.
low-phytate barley will be studied in relation to its use as feed for Catfish
Tra, which is one of the major fish grown in Vietnam, popular for human
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.
50% reduction in phytate
new low-phytate barley known as Clearwater has a 50% reduction in phytate,
according to research conducted by USDA's National Small Grains Germplasm
Research Facility in Aberdeen, Idaho.
Catfish Tra feed currently consists
of primarily soybean meal, wheat by-products, fish meal and rice by-products and
With increasing US barley production, availability for barley
export will logically increase as well, which is the rationale for the Idaho
Barley Commission donating the low-phytate barley.
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