Africa / Animal Feeding / Asia / Cattle / CIAT / Crop-Livestock / Dairying / East Africa / Feeds / FFD / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research / South Asia / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Better feed for cows benefits dairy farmers in India and Tanzania

The work of the MilkIT project to enhance dairy-based livelihoods in India and Tanzania through feed innovation and value chain development approaches was recently reported in IFAD’s 2016 annual report. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / DRYLANDSCRP / Feeds / ILRI / Legumes / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research / SLS / Southern Africa / Zimbabwe

Guide to lablab bean use in smallholder systems in Africa

This extension brief, by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) researchers and their partners in Zimbabwe, explains explains the best cultivation and management practices for lablab bean and its importance as a forage crop. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Feeds / FFD / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research

The Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) – new developments

The Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) helps us to understand how local livestock are kept and fed. Standardized data visualizations give a good overview of where feed comes from, how it varies seasonally and what farmers view as the main problems and opportunities for feed improvement. In recent years, around 1000 people have downloaded the app. Here’s an update on a few recent developments with FEAST that may be of interest. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / CCAFS / East Africa / Feeds / Fodder / ILRI / Kenya / Mazingira / Research / SLS

Digestibility and metabolizable energy of selected tropical feedstuffs estimated by in vitro and prediction equations

This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, highlights a study that compared digestible organic matter (dOM) and metabolizable energy (ME) estimates of tropical feeds derived from selected equations with those determined by the in vitro gas production method. Continue reading