There are a lot of question about the use off the foddersystem in Africa. A lot of people are reading my site about the fodder. (www.hydroponics-nederland.nl/hydroponic-fodder) Therefore this article.
On the surface, the concept of producing hydroponic fodder in a hydroponic system is quite appealing to farmers because 1kg of grain provides 6 to 10kgs of hydroponic fodder in 6 to 10 days. However, when you scratch below the surface, you realize that hydroponic fodder is not quite a viable option for feeding your cattle and especially sheep, cows, and goats.
What is Hydroponic Fodder?
Fodder is food given to livestock. Thus, hydroponic fodder is the livestock food produced using hydroponics. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil in a hydroponic system.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is collaborating with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to offer up to eight in region PhD scholarships in 2016 through a co-funding arrangement.
ILRI through its graduate fellowship program will provide an opportunity for successful candidates from sub-Saharan African countries to undertake quality research for development, access ILRI’s cutting-edge research facilities and receive mentorship from ILRI scientists within the following broad ILRI program areas.
1. Animal Biosciences
2. Animal Science for Sustainable Productivity
3. Feed and Forages Biosciences
4. Food Safety and Zoonoses
5. Livestock, Gender and Impact
6. Livestock Systems and the Environment
7. Policy, Trade and Value Chains
DAAD is a publicly funded self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany which promotes international academic exchange as well as educational cooperation with developing countries throu... Read more
And here is the other article about Hydroponic fodder.
In the past 6 years, ILRI, CIAT and many partners have been developing and using more systematic and participatory methods to assess and prioritize livestock feed interventions. The Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) is now being used in over a dozen countries and we continue to see more demand. Together with a further evolving tool called TechFit, it helps researchers, government and development agency staff and others better respond to actual feed constraints and opportunities. This approach has wider application beyond feeds. With suitable adaptation, we believe it can help guide interventions in animal health, genetics and market development.
On Friday 22 May, from 1400-1800, please join us at the ILRI campus where we will introduce and launch the new FEAST application, the blended e-learning course and ILRI’s new on- and offline e-learning platform. The event concludes with a small reception to which you are also invited.
The event will be of particular interest to people working with live... Read more
Sylvia Natukunda from Uganda is sharing with us info she found online on the feed value of roughages in Kayunga district, Uganda. In 2012, natural grasses were analysed from 8 spots in the wet season and 15 spots in the dry season. The research found that wet season grass contains 90,76 dry matter and dry season grass 89,70%. This is very strange as in our dairy learning lab dry matter of fresh grass was said to be around 20-25 % and hay about 80-85%. The reported feeding value is in both cases 1,7 Mcal/kg or 7,11 Megajoules/kg of dry matter.
Find more info by following the link to an online powerpoint
5 Spaces left! Dairy learning lab Uganda!
Sign up for the Dairy learning lab Uganda; We promise exposure to technologies in fodder management and a wealth of exchange on the subject. The lab will take place on 11th and 12th March, don't miss out!
Contact me for further details; firstname.lastname@example.org.
A dairy learning lab is a two day session on one specific topic. This pilot in Zambia is about Roughage for dairy
The learning lab typically has the following elements:
a) Expert update on the topic with Q&A.
b) Peer review sessions on the existing training materials.
c) Field visit on the topic.
d) Exchange on practical training methods.
e) Compiling and validating toolkit of training materials and methods.
This session will be held at the GART Research Centre in Chisamba
Read more on the learning lab here: //agriprofocus.com/dairy-learning-lab-zambia
And on roughage read here: //agriprofocus.com/roughage-for-dairy-toolkit
Theme of the Field Visit: Fodder management for milk production
What? AgriProFocus Uganda Dairy learning
lab is organizing a dairy themed "fodder management for milk production". The theme of
the learning lab is based on the current challenge facing both farmers and
processors of inconsistent milk supply where where feed shortage in the dry season causes a decline in milk yield. It is a common occurrence in Uganda to have over supply of milk during
the rainy seasons and low milk supplies during the dry season. It is against
this background that the dairy learning lab decided to equip dairy practitioners and professionals who support farmer entrepreneurs with skills in fodder management.
The dairy learning lab is characterized by a two day session combining a field visit and an exchange and review among peers the materials and methods they use and to jointly improve on these existing practices. The participants will be joined by an international expert who will enrich the discussi... Read more