FODDER MANAGEMENT

Fodder Management 2018-05-09T07:03:08+00:00

Providing good fodder to cattle is really very essential for good production and we ensure it by providing full range of fodder which includes legumes and carbohydrates.

1. Guinea grass:

Guinea grass (Megathyrsus maximus (Jacq.) B. K. Simon & S. W. L. Jacobs) is a major pantropical grass used throughout the tropics for pasture, cut-and-carry, silage and hay. It is a fast growing and leafy grass, which is palatable to livestock with a good nutritional value.

2. Napier Grass:

Elephant grass is fast growing and has a high annual productivity that depends on the climatic conditions, especially temperature and rainfall. Elephant grass is often fed fresh in cut-and-carry systems. It can be manually or mechanically chopped prior to feeding to reduce the selection of leaves and stems by the animal. Chopping and then wilting in the sun for several hours reduces moisture, stimulates appetite, facilitates rumination and thus improves forage utilisation

3. Berseem grass:

It is a high quality green forage. Berseem is a fast growing, high quality forage that is mainly cut and fed as green chopped forage. It is often compared to alfalfa, due to its comparable feed value. However, unlike alfalfa, it has never been reported to cause bloat. It is slightly less drought-resistant but does better on high moisture and alkalinic soils. The highest yield of protein with a relatively low yield of fibre was obtained by cutting the plant at a height of about 40 cm. Five to six cuttings can be done under irrigation and one or two at the end of the cool season in dryland.