Parasites are one of the obstacles often faced by goat breeders. Feed containing tannin has been tested to inhibit the development of parasites/worms in goats. Of various types of forages, papaya and cassava leaves are proven potential as anti-parasitic (anthelmintics).
This was delivered by Joko Daryatmo, S.Pt., MP, a faculty member of Magelang Agricultural High School during the open promotion of doctoral examination, Monday (9/8) at Faculty of Animal Sciences Universitas Gadjah Mada. Joko mentioned, the addition of cassava or papaya leaves into animal feed can significantly reduce the growth of worms. "Effect of tannin can inhibit growth of worm larvae, and reduce the population of adult worms," explained the man who graduated cum laude .
He mentioned in his dissertation entitled Nutrition Potential of Various Forage Feed Ingredients Containing Tannin and Its effectiveness as Anti Parasites In Supporting Performance of Bligon Goats, that papaya leaves supplementation has higher potential as anti-parasitic compared with cassava leaves.”In terms of the number of worm eggs and oocyst of the coccidians in livestock feces, feed that is given additional papaya leaves has greater decline by 10-15% compared to cassava leaves," said the husband of Sri Murjiyati.
The man born in Magelang, October 16, 1972 said that besides potential as anti-parasitic, papaya and cassava leaves are also able to increase the weight of goats. With the addition of forage feed, the weight increased by approximately 40% more compared with the weight of goats whose forage feed is not given additional cassava or papaya leaves. "The test result was that cassava leaves have similar potential nutrients to papaya, resulting in the additional value of the daily body weight of cattle that is relatively similar," Joko said.
He added several other crops, such as sesbania leaves, jackfruit leaves, banyan leaves, and mahogany leaves, can be used as animal feed as well as potential anti-parasitic. "But they still need to be tested to determine their potential as feed and anti-parasitic," he concluded.