Bamboo fodder

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Silvercreek Farmer, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. Silvercreek Farmer

    Silvercreek Farmer Living the dream. Supporter

    Oct 13, 2005
    Morganton, NC
    Any body ever use bamboo for goat, sheep, or cow food? If so how did it work out? I fed my goats 1 cane last year to see if they liked it, they ate it, but I have a hard time getting it, so I have not been able to see how they do on it for the long term. I was able to dig a couple of starts and transplant them to my place. They are growing slowly for now, but I am hoping to use it for winter feed(it stays green all winter long) once it gets established.
    My wife gives me a hard time, I point out every bamboo grove I see, I would ask permission to cut, but I have no way to haul at the moment.
  2. travis91

    travis91 Formerly 4animals.

    Jul 25, 2005
    south alabama(Hartford)
    god theres huge amounts of bamboo behind my house(to bad its parkland)

  3. Maura

    Maura Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jun 6, 2004
    Michigan's thumb
    Panda bears must eat constantly in order to get enough nutrition from bamboo to stay alive. I think it contains much more fiber than other vegetation, and very little in the way of nutrients. If you know what type of bamboo you are considering (there's 100's of types I think) you can do a google search and perhaps find the info you are looking for.
  4. Laura Workman

    Laura Workman (formerly Laura Jensen) Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    Lynnwood, Washington

    Bamboo as Fodder
    The Japanese have used bamboo as animal feed for hundreds of years. Only recently have stockmen realized the usefulness of bamboo feed. There is new research into the food value of bamboo for cattle and other livestock.
    Recommended reading: The Proceedings of the 1997 PNW Bamboo Agroforestry Workshop.


    FOOD ...
    Bamboo shoots provide nutrition for millions of people worldwide. In Japan, the antioxidant properties of pulverized bamboo skin can prevent bacterial growth, and it is used as a natural food preservative. Bamboo :litter: make fodder for animas and food for fish. Taiwan alone consumes 80,000 tons of bamboo shoots annually, constituting a $50 million industry.
    `Bamboo leaves are normally utilized as fodder during scarcity. Young bamboo leaves and twigs are a favorite meal for elephants and the Panda. D. strictus leaves have (on dry matter basis) crude protein,15.09; crude fiber,23.15; ether extract 1.43; ash 18.03; phosphorus-170 and calcium -1550 mg/100g respectively. Their digestible crude protein
    and total digestible nutrient contents are 93.34 and 48.9% respectively. The leaves of B.arundinacea have crude protein 18.64;crude fiber, 24.1; ether extract 4.1; N- free extract 41.4; ash-11.75%; phosphorus-170 mg and calcium 56mg/100g respectively. The digestible crude protein and total digestible nutrient contents are 13.5 and 46.5% respectively. The protein contained methionine and lysine. Copper and zinc are also found. The nutrient contents differed significantly in samples collected from high altitudes.
    For B.vulgaris the figures are crude protein,10.1;crude fiber 21.7; ether extract, 2.5 and ash, 21.3%; phosphorus-86,iron-13.4,vitamin B1, 0.1;vitamin B2- 2.54, and carotene 12.3 mg/100g respectively. The meal is used as a supplement to vitamin A deficient diets for chicks '.
    For further details contact either the Bamboo Information Center in India -at KFRI -Tropical species, or The Bamboo Information Center in China-at CAF,Beijing - Temperate species.

    Grazing farm animals are sometimes fed bamboo fodder, known to be as nutritious as other common fodder grasses. Bamboo hay contains four times as much protein as other fodder grasses according to an article in the Economist (Anonymous 1990). It is also the chief food of Pandas in the bamboo forests of China.

    I searched "bamboo fodder nutrients" and there is a lot more info.