Neem As Animal Feed
Neem leaves contain appreciable amount of protein, minerals and carotene
and adequate amount of trace minerals except zinc. These may be helpful
in alleviating the copper deficiency when feeding straw and dry fodder.
Goat & Camel:
Goat and Camel relish lopped Neem leaves and quite
often these are fed as sole feed to them in winter season when tree is not
needed for shed. However, systematic studies are not available on Neem feeding
by these animals. Keeping in view these animals have the capability to thrive
in hot and dry areas, there is considerable scope of rearing them on Neem
Cattle and buffaloes:
The Neem leaves have appreciable quantity of
digestable crude protein (DCP) and total digestable nutrients (TDN). Cattle
can be fed twigs and leaves in small quantities when mixed with other feeds.
Neem oil can be used in poultry rations. The fatty
acid composition of oil indicates that it is a rich source of long chain
fatty acids. It contains azadirachtin, meliantriol and salannin. Neem oil
can be used in poultry rations.
This can considerably reduce the shortage of protein supplements in high
producing animals. Seeds from Neem yield sufficient oil and the residual
cake is the major by-product.
Neem cake consists of all essential and non-essential amino acids including
sulphur containing amino acids but with negligible quantities of valine
The cake contains sulphur 1.07-1.36% which is more than other cakes. The
N content varies from 2-3%. The cake has high crude protein, ether extract
and fibre contents.
Neem seed cake is a very good source of animal protein ( up to 40% ) .
The keeping quallity is good and it is not easily spoiled on storage nor
is it attacked by fungi. The processed cake can be employed as a good poultry
Since the cake is bitter, it acts as a good appetizer. It is also a wormicide.