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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

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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 / Asia / Cattle / Dairying / Feeds / FFD / Gender / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pakistan / South Asia / Women

Female dairy farmers laid the foundation for a village-based ryegrass seed enterprise in Danyore valley, Pakistan

Rye grasses are widely grown cool season grasses that are better suited and have greater agronomic potential in the northern mountainous regions of Pakistan. Since 2015, the AIP-ILRI project has been working to improve dairy production through higher biomass production of improved fodder varieties, especially in mountainous areas like Gilgit. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Asia / Cattle / Feeds / FFD / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pakistan / Research / South Asia

Early introduction of calf starter to enhance growth rate of cattle in Pakistan

The various livestock feed companies in Pakistan are suggesting that livestock farmers must introduce calf starter to their calves at the age of three months, at a recommended dose of 10% of their body weight. The AIP-ILRI project has been working to improve livestock production and create awareness among livestock farmers that they must fatten their calves to get higher economic returns. 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