Although many small-scale farmers in eastern Africa have dairy cows of exotic breeds or crosses, they do not feed them in a way that will achieve high milk yields. This practical handbook contains information on nutritional needs at various stages of the cow's life and suitable feeding strategies. It explains how to use local forages rather than expensive commercial concentrates. It tells how to manage grasses, legumes, trees, shrubs and crop residues to get high-quality forage. It describes some of the common species in detail.
The focus is on dairy cows, but the book is also relevant for those keeping dairy goats and other milk-producing animals.
- Published: 2005
- Publisher: World Agroforestry Centre
- ISBN-10: 9966896740
- ISBN-13: 978-9966896742