- It is an excellent fodder for ruminates.
- The toxic amino acid called mimosine will be toxic to other animals if fodder supplied at level of 10-20% above the normal diet.
- It has aggressive root system, soil binder and moisture retainer, timber pulp and used as nurse crop.
- It can be cultivated easily between temp 15 to 40°C, provided irrigation facilities.
- It’s Good fodder to cow, buffalo, goat & sheep and Good for medium soil land
Subabul (Leucaena leucocephala) is a miracle fodder tree. The forage is highly digestible, good source of energy and protein rich (29%). Seeds are grown on raised beds or in polythene bags during the beginning of rainy season. After 40 days transplanting to field from nursery/raised bed/polythene bag. Seed can be sown directly in the field. For direct sowing takes 4.5 kgs (Pure crop) and 2 kgs (Fodder tree) of seeds/acre is used like pure crop. A spacing of 2 x 2.5 feet is recommended for a pure crop of fodder, 1.5 x 0.2 m for planting in boundaries and borders of coconut gardens/orchard. Intensity in grow reaching height of 20 m. The angle of branches is narrow. It’s growing well under rainfed conditions and also highly drought resistant. Crop harvest every 40-50 days gives fodder yield. Biomass of fodder production is 30-40 t/acre/yr. Note: To get better germination seeds must be treated in hot water at 80 oC for 10 minutes. Then seeds should be soaked in normal water over night (12 hours). Seeds should be shade dry before sowing for few minutes.