Livestock nutrition

Former Cop Harvests Improved Milk Yield & Profits from Guatemala Grass

Evans Muugu, 63, is no ordinary farmer. The retired police officer has struck gold in Guatemala grass, an alternative fodder crop that withstands Napier stunt and head smut diseases. The fodder is fed to livestock to improve milk production. Muugu retired in 1982 before working as a security guard in various city hotels in Nairobi …

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Tree lucerne: Hardy, nutritious fodder that grows for 30yrs

Farmers growing tagasaste, tree lucerne, can feed livestock for close to 30 years with this hardy, leafy and protein rich fodder shrub. Besides being a nitrogen fixing tree, tagasaste has sweet scented flowers for bees. It is a highly palatable fodder for goats, cows, sheep and other livestock including poultry. Its digestibility is between 77 …

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Intercropping Napier and desmodium raises milk output

Re­search has shown that small­holder farm­ers can in­crease milk yields for their an­im­als by feed­ing them on a mix­ture of Napier grass and Des­modium. Napier grass is a spe­cies of per­en­nial trop­ical grass nat­ive to the African grass­lands. A ma­jor­ity of small scale farm­ers use the crop to feed their an­im­als in the dairy pro­duc­tion …

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How to reduce pig feed costs with homemade sweet potato silage

Farmers rearing pigs can reduce the cost of production by a substantial percentage through adopting home-made feeds using readily available raw materials such as sweet potato vines which were formerly trashed after the harvesting of the tubers. According to a 2017 research on the importance of sweet potato in small-scale farming systems in Uganda by …

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