Farmers are striving hard in this time of recession to strike a balance between providing adequate feed for their birds or just feed anything and reduce the quality and quantity of eggs. The price of maize is the driver of this feed crisis in the poultry sector as the astronomical increase has made the feed unreachable for many farmers and those that are even willing to buy are finding it difficult to purchase because of scarcity. The problem for the farmers are double edged, not only are they contending with high prices they also must produce good quality eggs or they fall out with their customers.
Farmers have resorted to different practices to break even, some are selling their birds off to reduce the cost of feed, and others are selling off stock and waiting for a change in the terrain before they start over while those farmers that reduced stock are giving different feed stuff just to keep birds alive.
Farmers that are experimenting with various feed have reduced egg volume, thus reducing the expected profit. There are various alternatives to feed chicken, but these must be balanced otherwise the goal will not be achieved. The added cost of product has impacted negatively on the price of eggs and availability. The various alternatives vary from country to country, but the best adaptable alternatives will be those tested and documented.
Cassava has been tested and proven to be a viable feed for livestock without any side effects but rather boosting productivity.
This is how to use cassava as livestock feed ingredient:
The cassava peels can be fed to ruminants, fish and monogastrics, making it an ideal feed source, locally produced to reduce cost and boost productivity. The processing of the peels depends on the target animals.
The cassava peels processing is as follows;
1) peels must be clean and fresh.
2) Sorted to remove tubers or big sized lumps/cuts.
3) Pour the peels in a grater, and grate 3 times.
4) Put in sacks stacked on one another in a hydraulic press to dewater the peels.
5) 24hrs later the cassava peel cake is ready and can be fed to cattle, sheep, goat and pigs.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with some farmers and processors in the country are promoting the use of cassava peels as livestock feed to boost production and also as a waste to wealth initiative.
This article was written by Bolanle Ojuri Veterinarian and an entrepreneur.Interested in public health,genetics,robotics,research and business development. She can be reached via email@example.com.