Animal Feeding / ASSP / CRP37 / Dairying / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Livestock / Markets / Research / South Asia / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value chains

Smallholder dairying: better marketing or better feeding – which comes first?

The milkIT project hypothesis was that improvements in milk markets would lead to increased productivity by farmers. This video explains the approaches followed: linking farmers to markets (using market ‘pull’ to drive productivity increases) and farmers’ productivity increases which will attract the market to them. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / ASSP / CRP37 / Dairying / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Livestock / Research / South Asia / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value chains

Working out how to improve livestock feeding: The FEAST feed assessment tool

The Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) was one of the key tools used in the milkIT project to assess local feed resource availability and use, guiding targeting and appropriate intervention strategies. This video explains how FEAST was used in the project: Continue reading

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

Africa / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / CRP34 / CRP37 / East Africa / Feeds / Pigs / 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