Animal Feeding / ASSP / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / CRP37 / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock / Research

Is livestock intensification in Africa always a good thing?

In Europe intensive livestock production is often seen as harmful for the environment and animal welfare – think of cattle fed on grains which would be better used for human consumption. And producing lots of waste in concentrated areas which is difficult to deal with. In Africa, the mantra tends to be that intensification of … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Article / ASSP / CRP37 / East Africa / ILRI / Livestock / 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 / CRP37 / Forages

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 / ASSP / CRP11 / Drylands / Feeds / 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

Animal Feeding / BecA / East Africa / Forages / ILRI / Kenya

Brachiaria grass significantly increases livestock productivity in East Africa

Prepared for the ILRI-BecA Hub 15 year event on 3 February 2016, this poster explains ways research in the Hub aims to increase availability of quality forage in the program areas of Kenya and Rwanda through the development and promotion of drought and low fertility adapted Brachiaria grass varieties. Continue reading