Animal Feed

Know your pasture grasses: Foxtail, the choice grass for beef farmers in arid areas.

Beef producers often incur losses when fodder is in short supply. But adjusting animals’ feeding program can help farmers produce quality beef during periods of drought. Beef production is mostly done in the arid and semi arid regions of East Africa. 

Lablab is good for food and fodder

Lablab is a source of protein for both humans and livestock. The legume improves soil fertility, is suitable as a cover crop and can be rotated with other crops. Forage legumes are important because they improve soil fertility through nitrogen fixation.

Urea can soften dry fodder for animals

Most farmers rely on maize stalks and other crop residue to feed their dairy cows during the dry season. It can be made easier to chew by adding urea to soften it. But farmers have to use the right quantity of urea as excess amounts can cause sudden death.

Sorghum is good fodder for livestock

Sorghum can grow well in areas with less rain and produces the same amount of fodder as maize. Sorghum was one of the most important food crops in Africa in the past. Over the years, farmers have abandoned it in favour of maize and other food crops.

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