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peterdemetriadi Sep 02, 2013 04:22 PM
Thanks for the reply, but please do not consider straw as biomass. It is no more biomass than the wheat which once grew on the end of it is. It s valuable bedding for animals. It is bedding which they can eat, so while nuritional value is low it keeps them warm in the winter while they chew it as well as while they lie on it. If you have a sick animal which you need to keep indoors while it gets better, you need straw. If you have a horse with lamintis, a common problem in horses which gives them sore feet, you must give them something soft to stand on, get them away from the grass, sugar from which probably caused the laminitis, so you keep them in stables all day and straw is the ideal surface, especially as they can eat it and keep themselves occupied while on a starvation diet. Straw is a valuable medical and therapeutic commodity as well as a vital natural resource for local animal husbandry. It must NOT be considered as biomass. As for leaving it in the ground as you write - it is far too valuable, at least in this part of the world, to do that!
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