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Siaya farmers triple milk yield feeding brachiaria grass

Siaya County farmers have tripled milk yields by feeding livestock on brachiaria grass, which contains more proteins than Napier.

Leonard Oremo noted a significant increase in milk soon after he introduced the grass as part of the fodder for his cattle.

In the past, Oremo got three litres of milk per day, but the yield has increased to 10 litres per day, the farmer told the Voice of America, adding that at times the yield hits 12 litres.

Brachiaria grass has more than 15 per cent crude proteins and other minerals, which are necessary for milk production.

Napier grass has between 7 per cent and 8.5 per cent crude proteins. However, a new variety like giant Napier grass has surpassed this mark by offering up to 26 per cent crude proteins to livestock. 

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International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) researcher An Notenbaert said the grass is not only appropriate for low rainfall regions but a sure feed security solution.

According to Feedpedia, an animal feeds resource repository, the grass does well in regions with rainfall of between 1500mm and 3500mm per annum. But it can withstand drought for between three and six months, within which it remains green, unlike other tropical grasses.

It also grows in poor nitrogen and other nutrient-deficient soils and has a PH of between 4 and 8. Although it does well in low-nutrient areas, the content reduces with a decrease in the elements.

PHOTO Courtesy: DAILY NATION.

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