Barley - ranks second after wheat in the agro-industrial complex of Ukraine. This grain crop is multifaceted, as it is widely used as a food crop, as a technical crop, and as a forage crop.
Spring barley is the fastest ripening crop, which ripens within 60-120 days after sowing.
Most often, barley is used as feed for farm animals. This is feed barley. About 75% of the total weight of the harvested grain is spent on feed for animals and poultry, as well as on the production of compound feed.
For forage purposes, it is better to use hull-grain barley, since it contains more protein, less fiber and lignin, respectively, it is better absorbed by animals.
The use of barley in the composition of feed increases the endurance of livestock, it is better digested than oats, and thus is more useful for the growth and development of animals.