Utilisation of conserved forage to improve livestock production on smallholder farms in Asia and Africa

Marstyo Marstyo, Muhammad Tufail, Samuel Mbuku, Mupenzi Mutimura, Xusheng Guo, John Piltz

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Abstract

Ruminant livestock are essential to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in many developing countries. Livestock production on these farms is characterised by low milk production, low live weight gain and poor reproductive performance because of poor nutrition. Access to high quality forage has been identified as key to improving livestock health and productivity. Conservation of surplus forage as hay or silage provides the opportunity to ensure livestock have access to high quality forage year-round. This paper reports on forage conservation in select countries in Asia and Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIGC 2013
Subtitle of host publicationRevitalising grasslands to sustain our communities
EditorsKM Broadfoot KM Broadfoot
Place of PublicationOrange, NSW, Australia
PublisherNSW Department of Primary Industries
Pages1731-1735
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781742565439
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event22nd International Grasslands Congress - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 15 Sep 201319 Sep 2013
http://www.internationalgrasslands.org/files/igc/publications/2013/proceedings-22nd-igc.pdf (Conference proceedings)

Conference

Conference22nd International Grasslands Congress
Abbreviated titleRevitalising Grasslands to Sustain our Communities
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period15/09/1319/09/13
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    Marstyo, M., Tufail, M., Mbuku, S., Mutimura, M., Guo, X., & Piltz, J. (2013). Utilisation of conserved forage to improve livestock production on smallholder farms in Asia and Africa. In KM. B. KM. Broadfoot (Ed.), IGC 2013: Revitalising grasslands to sustain our communities (pp. 1731-1735). NSW Department of Primary Industries.