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Gauri Jairath, Speaker at Nutrition Conference
Scientist, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Regional Station, India


Apple pomace and spent mushroom compost, the byproducts/leftover of apple juice industry and mushroom industry, respectively, are generated in tonnes every year. Despite of their nutritional benefits, a very little percentage is utilized for animal feeding and rest is either dumped road side or landfills. Besides, underutilization of these nutritious agro-wastes, their direct release in the environment puts a great load on different elements of ecology in terms of high chemical oxygen demand. A scientific utilization of these agro-wastes individually or in combination may be employed for economic animal feeding. Where, apple pomace is a rich repository of water-soluble carbohydrates (10.30±0.07 gm/100gm DM), but low in crude protein (5.89±0.16 % of DM) and dry matter (14.73±0.08 %), the spent mushroom compost is rich in protein (12.75±0.12%) and has enzymes such as cellulase and xylanase to bio-fortify the wheat straw. In addition, apple pomace is rich in polyphenols and dietary fiber. Thus, a combination of apple pomace, spent mushroom compost in a specific way may not only provide an economic feed/feed ingredient substitute, but will also address the current situation of decreasing pasture lands and fodder availability to livestock and environmental load.

Talk will cover following:

  • Current scenario of agro-wastes and their sources and nutritional aspects
  • Current scenario of availability of animal feed and fodder and livestock sector
  • Current methods of disposal and impact on environment sustainability
  • Detailed aspects of apple pomace and spent mushroom compost
  • How apple pomace and spent mushroom compost can be utilized for animal feeding?
  • Challenges during utilization
  • Role in livestock economic rearing and sustainability


Dr. Gauri Jairath pursued B.V.Sc. & A.H. (Gold medallist) from CSKHPKV, Palampur, India; M.V.Sc. from GADVASU, Ludhiana, India; and Ph.D from LUVAS, Hisar, India in Department of Livestock Products Technology. She joined Agriculture research services in 2016 and is posted as a scientist at ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Regional Station, Palampur (H.P.). She has expertise in nutritional interventions for enhancing meat quality and value addition. She was awarded with DST INSPIRE fellowship for pursuing Ph.D., and two times with Young Scientist Award by The Indian Society for Sheep and Goat Production and Utilization and Indian Association of Women Veterinarian in 2017. She has authored many research papers (more than 20), review articles (more than 10), popular articles (20) and book chapters (8) in national and international journals and reputed magazines. She is an editorial board member of Journal of Veterinary and Marine Sciences.