Is Cassava Peels Safe for Pig Feed? Find Out!
There have been various speculations on how save is cassava peels for pigs over the years. Cassava peels is actually save for pig consumption but it is advisable that it is properly sun dry before been fed to the animal.
Nigeria, which is the largest global producer of cassava, harvests about 59 million tonnes of cassava a year (20% of global production), resulting in about 15 million tonnes of wet peels.
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The use of cassava peels in livestock feed is an age-old practice. Traditionally, farmers would sun-dry the peels in small quantities as a feed resource. This labour-intensive process has been cut to a fraction of the time thanks to a process developed by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) that grates, dries and dehydrates wet cassava peels and turns them into High Quality Cassava Peel (HQCP) mash. With a moisture content of about 10-12%, the final product can be stored for about 6 months.
Cassava peel is cost effective, it is high in fibre but the protein is lower than that of most cereal grains. This suggests that when used as a replacement for cereal grains, diets must be balanced for protein.
Note that what you feed your pigs with will determine their performance and the meat quality of the animal, which is why this should not replace other important feed supplements with cassava peels.