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Brachiaria grass will make your cow produce more milk

Brachiaria grass

Farmers who are at pains to make their cows produce more milk should give a shot at Brachiaria grass. This grass has mesmerized farmers who have planted and used it. Dairy farmers who have tried it in Malindi, Kilifi, Machakos, Makueni, Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Embu and Meru have reported massive boosts in milk production without supplementation with concentrates.

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How to utilize maize stover for animal feed

The most important constraint in dairy cattle production in Kenya is the quantity and quality of feed offered to the animals. This problem can addressed if farm by-products such as maize stover, millet and sorghum stovers are treated for utilization by cattle and other domestic ruminants. The idea is to improve the nutritive value of maize stover and straws by use of urea solution which is usually abundant in the farm.  

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Recommended zero grazing housing plan

Zero grazing housing

The following is the recommended housing plan for a small scale zero grazing unit. The cubicle of a dairy cow shed has three distinct areas:

  • The resting and sleeping cubicle or compartment
  • The cattle walking or manure places
  • The cattle forage, feeding and watering place

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