Animal Feeding / CIAT / Feeds / Forages / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nutrition / Value Chains

Collaborative research shows that stalks and stems of legume plants are an excellent source of animal fodder

Of the many virtues of grain legumes, one is little recognized. Visitors to the livestock fodder markets of West Africa are always surprised to see groundnut and cowpea haulms (stalks and stems of legume plants) sold at prices that exceed that of cereal grains and not infrequently even that of groundnut and cowpea seeds, particularly during periods when sheep keepers are fattening their animal for slaughter at festivities such as Tabaski. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / Event / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Tools for feed resources assessment and feed technology prioritization focus of ILRI–ICRISAT training

Feed availability is a critical constraint in livestock systems. If feed is not available, animals become unproductive or die, and smallholder livelihoods are threatened. Determining the most appropriate interventions needs to mobilize biological, socio-economic and market expertise to match local needs and demands to produce ‘best-fit’ technical interventions. The Feed Resources Assessment (FEAST) and the … Continue reading