animal feeding

This page brings together ILRI and partner resources on animal feeding. Click different tabs to see news items, research outputs, journal articles, video materials and presentations as well as ILRI projects and people related to animal feeding. See ILRI research on other subjects

Rural farmers in Zimbabwe and the whole of Southern Africa are set to receive a major boost in their livestock production through the expected launch of the beef value chain finance initiative this year. The initiative, whose pilot project was successfully undertaken in Swaziland, includes a loan scheme for smallholder farmers who want to take up beef fattening for the market. This came out during the on-going International Conference on Livestock Value Chain and Access to Credit being held in Ezulwini, Swaziland. Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Feb/2017
The experience of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and partner scientists in 2015–2016 shows the positive benefits of implementing pioneering research and development interventions that increase the overall quantity and nutritional quality of feed biomass and help smooth seasonal feed variability, creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for smallholder livestock keepers. But the real scope for spreading the knowledge in this research lies in the development of on- and off-line tools that can be used by isolated smallholder farmers in accessing approaches for assessing feed constraints and developing effective feed and forage improvement interventions. Continue reading →
ILRI news blog, Feb/2017
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 →
Livestock Feed and Fodder blog, Feb/2017
This extension brief by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) researchers and their partners in Zimbabwe, explains the importance of velvet bean as a forage crop and the best practices in managing the crop. Continue reading →
Livestock Feed and Fodder blog, Feb/2017
Feeds and nutrition, community-based sheep breeding and reproduction technologies were the focus of the November 2016 field day in Doyogena, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia. Hosted by the Areka Agricultural Research Center, the event brought farmers and others together from the Doyogena, Ancha Sedicho and Hewora kebeles where sheep farming is the mainstay of livestock production. Continue reading →
Livestock and Fish, Feb/2017
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 →
Livestock Feed and Fodder blog, Feb/2017
This extension brief by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) shares the principles of silage making that smallholder farmers can use to make forage for feeding animals in dry seasons. Continue reading →
Livestock Feed and Fodder blog, Feb/2017
“Niji Foods, with the International Livestock Research Institute, with USAID support, is establishing three cassava peel processing centers to address this market gap. Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Feb/2017
A new extension brief by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) explains the principles of haymaking using tropical grasses and legumes. Produced by ILRI researchers and partners in Zimbabwe, the brief gives practical steps on how smallholder farmers can make hay from grasses and legumes such as cowpeas, velvet bean (Mucuna pruriens) lablab (Lablab purpureus) including … Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Jan/2017
Agro-pastoralists in Zimbabwe face a host of challenges, including low-yielding fodder crops, degraded land and volatile markets. Furthermore, due to the prevalence of sector-specific technologies, they lack access to solutions that can improve their integrated production systems. But, with the right training and support, food insecurity can become a thing of the past. Continue reading →
Sustainable Livestock Digest, Dec/2016

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Adie, Aberra
Research Assistant III - Communication/Documentation
Alan Duncan
Principal Livestock Scientist
Ben Lukuyu
ILRI country representative, Uganda
Gregory Ndwandwa Sikumba
Graduate Fellow
Iain Wright
Deputy Director General
Kindu Mekonnen (PhD)
Crop-Livestock Systsems Scientist
Melkamu
Postdoctoral fellow
Michael Blümmel
Team Leader
Victoria Kyallo
Project Manager - Urban Zoo project

People working on animal feeding

Adie, Aberra
Research Assistant III - Communication/Documentation
Alan Duncan
Principal Livestock Scientist
Ben Lukuyu
ILRI country representative, Uganda
Gregory Ndwandwa Sikumba
Graduate Fellow
Iain Wright
Deputy Director General
Kindu Mekonnen (PhD)
Crop-Livestock Systsems Scientist
Melkamu
Postdoctoral fellow
Michael Blümmel
Team Leader

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