Roots and tubers

ROOTS AND TUBERS are plants yielding starchy roots, tubers, rhizomes, corms and stems. They are used mainly for human food (as such or in processed form), for animal feed and for manufacturing starch, alcohol and fermented beverages including beer


Roots and tubers


The most common root crops used in the feeding of farm animals are fodder beet, sugar beet and turnip. The main characteristics of roots are their high moisture content 75-90% and low crude fibre content. The organic matter of roots consists mainly of sugars (50-75%) and is of high digestibility. Roots are generally low in crude protein content and degradability of the protein in the rumen is very high (80-85%). Root crops are generally poor source of vitamins.