Improving livestock production and productivity: the potential of Napier grass
Animal Feeding / Countries / Crop Residues / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / FFD / Fodder / Forages / Genebank / ILRI / Intensification / Research

Improving livestock production and productivity: the potential of Napier grass

For better livestock production and productivity, it is essential to assess the genetic diversity of the food which is fed to livestock. One of the main food sources for livestock in East Africa is Napier grass. 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 / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / FFD / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / 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

Africa / Animal Feeding / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Feeds / FFD / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / RTB / Uganda

Feeding pigs roots, tubers and bananas in Uganda

A recent study of ‘Perceptions and practices of farmers on the utilization of sweetpotato, and other root tubers, and banana for pig feeding in smallholder crop-livestock systems in Uganda’ calls for further exploration of strategies to conserve such crop residues during the harvest period to reduce waste and improve incomes for smallholder pig farmers in Uganda. Continue reading