Moringa (Moringa oleifera) as an Alternative Feed Supplement for Dairy Animals
Keywords:Dairy animal, Feed supplement, Moringa, Nutritional value
The profitability of dairy farming depends on the supply of good quality feeds and fodder. Inadequacy and low quality of forage is a major constraint affecting the productivity of dairy animals. The use of trees foliage can contribute in improving the quality of livestock feeding at a relatively low cost. The use of M. oleifera as a feed supplement to ruminants has several advantages, as it ensures green fodder availability round the year and can be harvested several times. The dried leaves of moringa can be stored for a longer period without deterioration in nutritive value. Several studies indicates that M. oleifera leaves can be sustainably used as an alternative feedstuff for dairy animals, however, some challenges still need to be addressed for large-scale feed formulations, like vulnerability to cold stress, flood, etc. The paper reviews the various properties of moringa and its uses to dairy animals, and suggest way frrwards for futre research.
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