Improving livestock production and productivity: the potential of Napier grass
Animal Feeding / Countries / Crop Residues / East Africa / Ethiopia / FBS / Feeds / 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 / ASSP / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / CRP12 / East Africa / Ethiopia / 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 / 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 / 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

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

Animal Feeding / ASSP / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Knowledge & Information / Livestock

New study looks at institutional barriers to dairy development in Ethiopia

We recently published a paper looking at how the Ethiopian dairy innovation system has functioned to support the development of the Ethiopian dairy sector and what have been the major technical, economic, and institutional constraints in the process. Continue reading