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News last update:6 Aug 2012

Low-phytate barley tested in catfish

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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