Friday, January 28, 2011

azolla as a cattle feed

Nowadays greatest problems of the Indian livestock farmers are facing today, is the shortage of fodder. The arrival of High Yielding Varieties (HYV) shifted the emphasis from the bio-mass oriented agriculture to yield oriented agriculture. This in turn highly reduced the sources of fodder from agricultural crops. The rapid shrinkage of common lands of the villages and expansion of urban areas also led to disappearance of grazing lands and pastures. Traditional sources of cattle feed like oil cakes and coarse grains also declined as other cash crops occupied their areas. Such varied factors have contributed in an inter-linked way to aggravate the fodder crisis. A number of synthetic antibiotics, steroids and vitamins are used to increase the production of milk, meat, egg etc. These chemicals may accumulate in the human body, through the consumption of animal products could cause various degenerative diseases. If we can substitute the cattle feeds with natural feeds that are rich in useful nutrients, it will be of great importance for human and animal health. Azolla can be used as a good substitute for the cattle feed.

                                                   Pic: Fully grown azolla

Why azolla ?
·         Azolla is the most economic and efficient feed substitute for live stock
·         Azolla is a floating fern in shallow water
·         Azolla on dry weight basis is constituted of 25-35% protein content, 10-15% mineral content and 7 – 19% a combination of amino acids.
·         Azolla can be easily digestible by the livestock, owing to its high protein and low lignin content
·         Milk yield increases by 15 to 20%
·         15 to 20% commercial feed is replaced by azolla
·         Azolla feeding does not affect the milk production, improves quality of milk and health and longevity of livestock

                                                         Pic: Cow eating azolla


  1. Great post Akhilesh. Azolla looks like a suitable substitute for cattle feed, which can help boost the supply of feed and food in the global agri-food market and thus, help maintain world prices for food low.

  2. thanx 4 nice comment, ya u r right azolla is wonder fern it definitely reduce the animal feed cost and substitute the commercial feed some extent and also benefited to the dairy farmer by increasing milk quantity and quality. it's production cost is less then 1 Indian rupee.

  3. So when r we seeing dharti putra making it a house hold name for cattle feed...

  4. If your wishes is along with me then it definitely happen in coming future...

  5. Akhilesh very insightful write up. Azola can also be used as a green it is of multiple use.

  6. thank u so much ,ya u r right azolla basically used as green manuring but right now some species also used as cattle feed and some researches is going on as a human feed also...really it is very powerful fern.

  7. Good Akhilesh !!! You are doing an excellent job.Nice to see this blog...

  8. Thank you so much for Kind appreciation...

  9. hello Akhilesh, appreciation for ur hard work and spirit of work.
    u r dng a very good work and i wish u all d very best for your future endeavours :)

  10. thank you so much for your great compliment, I will try to do my best...

  11. hi...can you have any research paper of 'azolla effect on milk production ' or its just field trial basis you are saying..

  12. hello sir. I have research data conducted by NDRI Karnal and also successful trial data by NARDEP as well as i have also own research on impact on cattle after the intervention of azolla as supplementary cattle feed...Really it have great impact on cattle health as well milk quantity & quality

  13. Dear Sir,
    My Self: Dr.Nikunj Sakhiya (Vet. Doctor)

    Sir, I have some query....

    1. Can it be incorporated in cattle feed as pellet ?
    2. what is the proportion or percentage that we can use in cattle feed?
    3. What if we use it in higher percentage or proportion ?

    Please give some reference of the cattle feed factories using the azola as cattle feed.

    Thank a lot sir.
    Please do reply.

    Mail ID:

  14. nice blog !! i was looking for blogs related of animal feeds . then i found this blog, this is really nice and interested to read. thanks to author for sharing this type of information.

  15. pl send ur more xperieces in Azolla since then; me also adopted az 1st time in RAMBANdistt of Jammu ; ur milk prodctn increase xp etc ;; mob . 09419212336; dr RAZDAN

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  17. How to get Ajolla Seeds .if anyone can help us then please contact me
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  18. informative post and well explained about animal feed.i was looking for fresh cow milk in chennai