Top FAQs About Grasscutter Farming

I have been asked a few questions relating to grasscutter farming and I would like to use this article to answer some of these questions. If you still have other questions, kindly let me know through the comment box below. Let shoot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Grasscutter Farming in Nigeria Lucrative or Profitable?

This is one of the frequently asked questions. Grasscutter farming is generally a profitable venture, but some factors determine if it will be profitable for you. These include location, production scale, consumer taste and purchasing power of consumers.  

How Do I Deworm Grasscutters?

Deworming for grasscutter or cane rats is a simple process. You only need to choose between organic deworming or inorganic deworming. For organic deworming, you make use of natural substances to purge your grasscutters of intestinal worms or parasites. Pawpaw, garlic, dichotomous earth, pumpkin and coconut oil are effective dewormers for grasscutters. You can read more about these here.

For inorganic deworming, you make use of conventional anthelminthic drugs such as mebendazole, piperazine, levamisole and ivermectin. These drugs are administered mostly via drinking water.

What are the Types of Grasscutters?

Well, we have the wild grasscutters and the domesticated grasscutters. The wild grasscutters are the ones caught alive in the wild and raised in confinement while the domestic grasscutters are the ones that were bred or raised domestically right from birth.

What are the Breeds of Grasscutters?

There are two breeds of grasscutters. They are the greater grasscutter and the lesser grasscutter. The former is big while the latter is smaller in size than the former.

What are Grasscutter Feeds or Foods?

Since grasscutters are herbivorous animals, they depend on grasses, legumes, leaves and crop residues to stay alive. Some of the grasses that grasscutters feed on are:

  • Elephant grass
  • Guinea grass
  • African giant star grass
  • Bamboo: young shoots
  • Gamba grass
  • Maize: leaves, cob or husk
  • Rottboellia
  • Sheep grass
  • Sugar cane: leaves
  • Wild sorghum

Other plants and weeds

  • Banana or plantain: leaves, stem
  • Cassava: tubers, stem
  • Mango
  • Oil palm: young shoots
  • Pawpaw
  • Pineapple: leaves, peels
  • Spurge weed
  • Stylo
  • Sweet potato
  • Taro
  • Tubers
  • Yam

How to Train or Rear Grasscutter

If you want to train or rear grasscutter, click here to get started.

How to Catch Grasscutter in the Bush

To catch a grasscutter in the bush, you will need to use a trap. There are various traps for grasscutters in the market. But if you want to catch the grasscutter alive, then you will need to buy or build a grasscutter trap cage. See a sample in the video below.

What are the Drugs For Grasscutter?

The drugs for grasscutters include antibiotics, multivitamins and dewormers.

Is Grasscutter Meat Edible and Delicious?

Yes, grasscutter meat is edible, delicious and suitable for all local or traditional dishes. You can eat it as grilled, smoked, fried or boiled.


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Akinbobola Akinwemoye

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