Valencia City Council attended an explanatory visit to the facilities of the goat farm of the UPV (Polytechnic University of Valencia) to find out more about the actions of the LOW CARBON FEED (LCF) project currently conducted there. This mainly involves the C3 action, related to the feeding of the goats, procedures for the collection and analysis of samples, and obtaining the initial results of the project.
The managers of the LCF project at the UPV provided a thorough explanation of the process and gave a detailed tour of the facilities where the Murciano-Granadina breed can be found. These animals go through a 2-week adaptation period in the pens on the farm in order to get used to the new LOW CARBON FEED, with close daily supervision to monitor their development.
Following the adaptation phase to the new diet, we managed to make sure that the digestive tract only contains the sample diet. The phase for the collection and analysis of the samples then begins in order to verify that the LCF feed generates the expected high-quality results for the reduction of emissions, thereby demonstrating the benefits of the use of a LOW CARBON FEED diet in goats.
It is necessary to analyse eight different types of samples in order to explain the observed improvements: feed, rejections, faeces, urine, gases, ruminal fluid, serum and milk. The milking process was demonstrated during the visit as a result of which the milk production was quantified and milk samples were collected for further chemical analysis.
Thus, by means of the information obtained, biomarkers will be identified throughout the C3 action, enabling us to evaluate their relationship with the environment and the physiological and nutritional state of the animals.