Re: Organic Feeds for Pigs!
Sweet Potato leaves (Ipomoea batatas) Talbos ng KAMOTE
Sweet potato is grown by smallholders as a dual-purpose crop. The vines are fed to livestock and the tubers used for human food. Dry matter production potential per hectare of some cultivars of sweet potato vines can be as high as 4.3 to 6.0 tons/crop and the forage (leaf, petiole and stem) accounts for approximately 64 % of fresh biomass. The forage contains 11 – 17 % crude protein and its digestibility is greater than 62 % (Aregheore, 2004c). It has been reported that as a supplement to low quality roughage, sweet potato vines increases intake and rate of liveweight gain of animals (Aregheore, 2004c). Sweet potato forage could be an important resource as an animal feed in the Pacific Island countries. The value of sweet potato is attributed to high yield, palatability and crude protein content. These characteristics coupled with high moisture content (Orodho et al., 1993) make it a suitable protein supplement for animals receiving low quality forage in the dry season.