leucocephala is one the highest quality and most palatable
fodder trees of the tropics, often being described as the
‘alfalfa of the tropics’. Livestock feed should
not contain more than 20% of L. leucocephala, as the mimosine
can cause hair loss and stomach problems. Leaves have a high
nutritive value (high palatability, digestibility, intake
and crude-protein content), resulting in 70-100% increase
in animal live weight gain compared with feeding on pure grass
|The effects of Mulberry
leaf powder added in feedstuff on the production capability
of laying hens, as well as on the egg quality, were investigated.
When 7.5% and 15% of mulberry leaf powder was added respectively,
the food consumption of laying hens decreased in a short period
while the physiological situation remained its normal level.
At the same time, there was no significant fluctuation in the
egg yield, and there was no appearance of damaged egg, soft
egg and deformed egg.
leaves and twigs are readily eaten by cattle, sheep, goats,
pigs and rabbits. Branches are occasionally lopped for feeding
cattle. During pruning when the main stems are cut back to
encourage side shoots these can be fed to livestock. The
twigs left over when the leaves have been plucked during the
Moringa processing can be chopped up and given to cattle,
sheep and goats.
Photographs compliments of Shape
|Leaves can also be
used for fish and chickens.The inclusion of Moringa oleifera
leaves meal up to 30% in the diet of growing traditional Senegal
chickens had no negative impact on live body weight,average
daily weight gain, feed conversion ratio, carcass and organs
characteristics, health and mortality rate in birds compared
to their controls.
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of Guinea corn
Guinea corn a grass species cultivated for its edible grain.
The species can grow in arid soils and withstand prolonged
Guinea corn is one of a number of grains used
as wheat substitutes in gluten-free recipes and products and
is an excellent food for the poultry and piggery project.