Bushel weight unreliable

30 October 1998

Bushel weight unreliable

BUSHEL weight is a poor measure of wheat quality for feed milling according to a recent Home-Grown Cereals Authority-funded review. Better quality predictors are now being sought.

The review by researchers at Leeds University found little evidence of a clear relationship between bushel weight and feed value. Some wheats perform equally well regardless of bushel weight.

"Bushel weight cannot be considered to be a reliable indicator of the nutrient value of wheat and there is an urgent need to develop a better predictor, says Dr Mike Wilkinson, of the University of Leeds.

"Future research effort should be concentrated on identifying the key criteria which determine the nutritive value to livestock, of wheat of a wide range of bushel weights and then developing rapid techniques for predicting such criteria." &#42

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