Animal nutrition approaches to profitable livestock farming and sustainable livelihoods
Animal Feeding / Article / Crop Residues / Environment / Feeds / FFD / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Presentation / Research

Animal nutrition approaches to profitable livestock farming and sustainable livelihoods

Feed resourcing and feeding is at the very interface where the positive and negative effects of livestock, income, livelihoods and environment are negotiated and animal feeding and nutrition deserves greater attention as a critical discipline in addressing the environmental impacts of animal-sourced foods production. Continue reading

Optimizing variations of food-feed traits of wheat cultivars to benefit mixed crop-livestock systems in Ethiopia
Animal Feeding / Article / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / FFD / Fodder / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research

Optimizing variations of food-feed traits of wheat cultivars to benefit mixed crop-livestock systems in Ethiopia

Scientists from ILRI, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research tested bread wheat cultivars released in the Ethiopian highlands to better understand the potential trade-offs between food and fodder traits. Continue reading

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