Feed preservation and alternative feed sources

Our research aims at sustainable intensification of food animal production systems and reducing their environmental footprint. Our research on ruminants and monogastric animals focuses on preservation and utilization of alternative feeds such as forage and grain legumes. Feeding value of novel protein feed sources such as microalgae and insects are also under examination as improving supplementary protein self-sufficiency in national and EU level is one of our main interests.

Selected Publications

König, W., Lamminen, M., Weiss, K., Tuomivirta, T. T.,  Sanz Muñoz, S., Fritze, H., Elo, K., Puhakka, L., Vanhatalo, A. and Jaakkola, S. 2017. The effect of additives on the quality of white lupin-wheat silage assessed by fermentation pattern and qPCR quantification of clostridia. Grass and Forage Science 72:757–771. https://doi.org/10.1111/gfs.12276.

Lamminen, M. E., Halmemies-Beauchet-Filleau, A. I. K., Kokkonen, T. J., Simpura, I. A., Jaakkola, S. L. and Vanhatalo, A. O. 2017. Comparison of microalgae and rapeseed meal as supplementary protein in the grass silage based nutrition of dairy cows. Animal Feed Science and Technology 234:295-311. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anifeedsci.2017.10.002.

Puhakka, L., Jaakkola, S., Simpura, I., Kokkonen, T. and Vanhatalo, A. 2016. Effects of replacing rapeseed meal with faba bean at 2 concentrate crude protein levels on feed intake, nutrient digestion, and milk production in cows fed grass silage–based diets. Journal of Dairy Science 99:7993-8006. https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2016-10925.

Koivunen, E., Jaakkola, S., Heikkilä, T., Lampi, A. -M., Halmemies-Beauchet-Filleau, A., Lee, M.R. F., Winters, A. L., Shingfield, K. J. and Vanhatalo, A. 2015. Effects of plant species, stage of maturity, and level of formic acid addition on lipolysis, lipid content, and fatty acid composition during ensiling. Journal of Animal Science 93:4408-4423. https://doi.org/10.2527/jas.2014-8813.

Huhtanen, P., Jaakkola, S. and Nousiainen, J. 2013. An overview of silage research in Finland: from ensiling innovation to advances in dairy cow feeding.  Agricultural and Food Science 22:35-56. https://journal.fi/afs/article/view/6632.