Tapioca comes from Casava plant tuber/root and is grown in the Tropics.
Tapioca is a high quality energy supplement, but is low in protein. It is GM free.
The risk of acidosis is high due to the high starch content and the finely ground nature of the feed before being pelletised. If cows are allowed ad libitum access there is a significant risk of rumen acidosis and death. Therefore feeding ad libitum in bins is risky and should only be fed as a blend with PKE/ Soya Bean Hulls at no more than 25% tapioca: 75% PKE or Soya Bean Hull.
If fed in the shed where intake is controlled you can feed up to 2.5kg/c/day in the spring and 2.0kg/c/day in mid to late lactation as long as the normal protocol of gradual introduction is followed (begin with 0.5kg/ day of Tapioca and increase by 0.5kg/day to desired amount).
Typical Nutritional Analysis
ME (MJME/kg DM)