Traditionally, tree fodders have been important for ruminant nutrition, and still remain significant in some European farming systems, particularly in the south. There is growing interest from some farmers in exploiting browse as an extra resource from trees planted for other purposes such as preventing soil erosion or providing shelter. Tree leaves may offer an alternative source of dietary protein, as well as trace elements such as zinc and copper. In addition, secondary compounds such as salicylic acid and tannins may offer health benefits, such as pain relief and reduced parasites. But can tree fodder realistically be incorporated into modern agricultural practices? ORC held a workshop to explore this question at Elm Farm in May. Here are reports, presentations and videos from the day.
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