In the search for new food sources that contribute to the optimization of livestock production, this paper discusses the possibility of using waste (called banquettes) from a marine plant commonly found on the Mediterranean coasts: Posidonia oceanica. The idea stems from the use of a waste that in summertime generates large costs because it is considered bothersome on the beaches. Thus, tons and tons of residues are collected each year from the beach, often being destined for incineration. Then, alternative uses for these residues are suggested. Literature already includes the use of Posidonia residues as an unusual forage fiber for livestock, an example being in Australia where they use another variety: Posidonia australis. We believe that the information gathered so far is directed toward using these residues as a forage source, a relevant fact on the Mediterranean coast,where the weather does not enhance the abundance of grasses. This report provides data on its nutritional (mineral and chemical) composition, comparing their values with those traditionally used as foodstuffs. Early data provided show a raw material that can be used as a forage source in ruminant nutrition, and an excellent supply of minerals, which could contribute to lower production costs. In addition, this article offers not only ideas on administration and possible technological measures to facilitate their integration in animal nutrition but also first results about in vivo studies in small ruminants.
|Title of host publication||Advances in animal science and zoology|
|Editors||Owen P. Jenkins|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Oct 2015|
|Name||Advances in animal science and zoology research|