Africa / Animal Feeding / Asia / Cattle / CIAT / Crop-Livestock / Dairying / East Africa / Feeds / FFD / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research / South Asia / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Better feed for cows benefits dairy farmers in India and Tanzania

The work of the MilkIT project to enhance dairy-based livelihoods in India and Tanzania through feed innovation and value chain development approaches was recently reported in IFAD’s 2016 annual report. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Asia / Cattle / Dairying / Feeds / FFD / Gender / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pakistan / South Asia / Women

Female dairy farmers laid the foundation for a village-based ryegrass seed enterprise in Danyore valley, Pakistan

Rye grasses are widely grown cool season grasses that are better suited and have greater agronomic potential in the northern mountainous regions of Pakistan. Since 2015, the AIP-ILRI project has been working to improve dairy production through higher biomass production of improved fodder varieties, especially in mountainous areas like Gilgit. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Asia / Cattle / Feeds / FFD / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pakistan / Research / South Asia

Early introduction of calf starter to enhance growth rate of cattle in Pakistan

The various livestock feed companies in Pakistan are suggesting that livestock farmers must introduce calf starter to their calves at the age of three months, at a recommended dose of 10% of their body weight. The AIP-ILRI project has been working to improve livestock production and create awareness among livestock farmers that they must fatten their calves to get higher economic returns. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / FFD / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Legumes / Livestock

Use of grain legumes residues as livestock feed in the smallholder mixed crop-livestock production systems in Ethiopia

Livestock productivity in Ethiopia is much lower than the existing potential due shortages of quality feed in the country. However, adopting grain legumes can help boost annual production with concomitant increase in grain legumes residues. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Article / East Africa / FFD / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / Uganda

Nutritional value and seasonal availability of feed ingredients for pigs in Uganda

In this study, the nutritional values and seasonal availability of 43 local feed ingredients for pigs in Uganda, were estimated based on nutrient analyses and literature values, information needed to develop low-cost balanced rations for pigs on smallholder farms. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / CIAT / Forages / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Selecting forages for the Tropics with the SoFT tool

Tropical Forages: an Interactive Selection Tool enables users to identify forage species suitable for specific climates, soils, and farming systems such as cut and carry, agroforestry, erosion control, beef, and dairy. Users can also view images of the plants and their use, search a database of scientific references with abstracts, and consult a glossary of botanical and management terms. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Feeds / FFD / ILRI / Livestock / Sheep / Small Ruminants / West Africa

Least-cost rations for sheep fattening: A manual for livestock farmers and extension workers in the Sahel

This manual provides simple and tested practical guidelines for livestock farmers and extension workers on least cost ration based on locally available feed resources for sheep fattening. It contains details on feeding and management options that can be applied by small-scale producers. Other key issues addressed in the manual include housing, purchase of feed, general hygiene and the handling of animals. Continue reading