The effect of giving fresh cassava and its peelings to your ruminant animals

Fresh cassava contains cyanic acid (cyanide) which is poisonous to animals and can lead to their death. So, it is better well fermented before they are given to the animals. When peeled, they should be spread in the sun for two or three days for fermentation to occur before they can then be served to the ruminant animals. See also: Importance of Balanced diets for Ruminant Animals

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Red Cabbage , Uses and Nutritional Value

While green cabbage is the most commonly eaten variety of cabbage, we highly recommend trying red cabbage because of its added nutritional benefits and its robust hearty flavor. We don’t think you will be disappointed. The rich red color of red cabbage reflects its concentration of anthocyanin polyphenols, which bring along with them unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.     Nutritional Value of a Red Cabbage Cabbage, red, cooked 1.00 cup (150.00 grams) Calories: 44 GI: very low NutrientDRI/DV vitamin K79% vitamin C69% vitamin B620% manganese17% fiber16% potassium11% copper9% vitamin…

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Importance of Balanced diets for Ruminant Animals

If you are ruminant farmer, then am sure even as you are reading this that you wondering if there are any special feed that can make your ruminant animals grow very big within a very short period of time. However, if balanced diet can be formulated for your ruminant animals and if the feeds are given at the right time using the right quantity required then your animals are likely to reach maturity on time. In addition to good feeding, all other management procedures must be strictly adhered to, for…

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How long concentrates should be stored before feeding them to Ruminant Animals

Often times, ruminant farmers ask: for how long can the concentrates to be fed to my ruminant animals be stored before it becomes unfit for the animal’s consumption? Well, this depends on how long the ingredients have been stored before milling. Ideally, feeds should not be stored for too long to prevent contamination which will affect the animals. I do recommend a maximum of two weeks for storage of feeds to be served them. This may however vary depending on the freshness of the feed ingredients. Storing forages would have…

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How spiders can harm and help flowering plants

Summary: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Now researchers show that this principle also holds for crab spiders and flowering plants. While it’s true that the spiders do eat or drive away useful pollinators such as bees, they’re also attracted by floral scent signals to come and help if the plant is attacked by insects intent on eating it.     Crab spiders sitting on the flowers keep away bees and also plant-eating insects from visiting the plants. Credit: Anina C. Knauer   Interactions between organisms such as…

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Gene boosts rice growth and yield in salty soil

Discovery of a gene that helps rice plants grow in salty soil paves the way to developing salt-tolerant crops Members of the research team collecting samples in a rice paddy field in Changsha, China. Credit: Jianzhong Lin Around 20% of the world’s irrigated land is considered to contain elevated concentrations of salt, and the soil continues to get saltier as the climate warms. Agricultural production is hard hit by soil salinity; salt stress reduces the growth and yield of most plants, resulting in billions of dollars in crop yield losses…

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