Trichantera gigantea is the scientific name of Madre de Agua. A small tree that is usually used as fodder.
Madre de Agua is one of the best protein sources in preparing feeds for chickens, pigs, goats, cows and even fish. Chemically, it contains 88.44% dry matter, 18.21% crude protein, 12.5% crude fiber, 2.66% crude fat, 21.80% ash, 11.56% moisture, 5% calcium and .41% phosphorus.
In Costales Nature Farms, Madre de Agua is one of the ingredients in their EM fermented feed mix. Other ingredients include rensonii, kangkong, duckweed, indigofera and flemingia as its natural protein sources.Currently, this feed mix is being fed to the pigs only. However, in the preparation of the chicken feed, this mixture is also included as one of the base ingredients.
As a result in the farm, pigs that are being grown for 3-4 months can range from 80-90kgs. As for the chickens, within 80 days of growing, we can have a range of 2-2.2 kgs dressed weight.
Aside from pigs and chickens, Madre de Agua can also be fed to cattle, carabaos, sheep and goats.