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Azolla weed trialled as new feed source

Published on 19 September, 2007, Last updated at 22:11 GMT
 
19/09/2007

With grain prices at record highs this season, a new type of feed for livestock may have been discovered in Victoria's Goulburn Valley.

The azolla weed, which grows in waterways, is being trialled as a viable food source for livestock.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority's Geoff Earl says tests still need to be completed but it looks promising.


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"We're now getting some tests to see if we can use it as a feed stock," he said.

"We know its been used quite extensively in Asia for pigs, duck and fish to feed them.

"Because it's got quite a high protein content.

"But we've got to make sure the varieties that are growing in Broken Creek."


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