Storing feed for year-round milk production

Moses Amai makes a rich cattle feed from hay and other crop residues - Pius Sawa

Moses Amai makes a rich cattle feed from hay and other crop residues
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Moses Amai, a smallholder dairy farmer from Kenya, has increased his year-round milk production by storing grass and crop residues for use as feed during the dry months. Instead of burning crop residues like maize and bean stalks, he stores them in his barn, which can hold up to 100 tonnes of feed. Another farmer, Jennifer Kilach, grinds green maize stalks, Napier grass and desmodium, to make a nutritious cattle feed for the dry season. With good availability of drinking water for their cattle, both farmers are managing to cope with more frequent periods of drought associated with climate change.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Interview by:
Country:
Kenya
Duration:
6'13"
Date published:
September 2012
 
 
 

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