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Cassava as Livestock and Poultry Feed

Cassava as Livestock and Poultry Feed

Agriculture, Livestock
Cassava, known scientifically as Manihot esculenta, has been a staple root crop in the Philippines for centuries, and its uses are as diverse as the nation's rich culture. Locally, it is known by various names like balinghoy, balanghoy, or kamoteng-kahoy, while internationally, it goes by manioc or tapioca. Beyond its role as a human food source, cassava offers various other applications, including animal feed, medicine, alcohol, and even industrial uses such as textile production and biodegradable materials. In this article, we'll explore the untapped potential of cassava as livestock and poultry feed and the various factors that have hindered its widespread adoption in the industry. Cassava's Remarkable Versatility Cassava is prized for its versatility, and its multiple uses make i...
Maximizing Cassava’s Potential: A Sustainable Solution for Livestock Feed

Maximizing Cassava’s Potential: A Sustainable Solution for Livestock Feed

Agriculture, News & Opinion
Cassava, known scientifically as Manihot esculenta, has been a staple crop in the Philippines for centuries. Despite its versatility and multiple uses, including human consumption, medicinal purposes, and industrial applications, its potential as a feed ingredient for livestock has been largely untapped. While local research dating back to the 1970s and 1980s has highlighted the viability of cassava as a partial replacement for corn in animal feed, the livestock industry has yet to embrace this opportunity fully. This article explores the benefits of utilizing cassava as livestock feed, its current status in the Philippines and globally, and potential strategies to maximize its utilization. Cassava: An Overview Cassava, also known as balinghoy or kamoteng-kahoy locally, is a root cro...