Pulse Progress

Having addressed substantial energy costs across its poultry and arable enterprises, Woodend Farm in Berwickshire is looking to home-grown pulses to reduce reliance on imported soya. CPM visits to get an insight.

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Pulses are leguminous crops harvested for dry protein-rich seed, with peas (pisum sativum) and beans (vicia faba) being the major crops in the UK.

Animal nutrition plays a crucial role in livestock agriculture for several reasons, as it directly impacts the health, productivity, and overall wellbeing of farm animals.

Field beans (vicia faba) are a widely grown break crop across the UK on around 170,000 ha. 

Peas (pisum sativum) are grown either for combining dry seed (combining peas) or harvesting fresh as a vegetable or for freezing (vining peas).

Chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and ducks are the main categories of poultry kept for eggs, meat and breeding. 

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