Ten Commandments for feeding Cattle
Ø Plant green feed, include green feed in the straw ration (leaves and banana trunks)
Ø Feed as much as the animal can eat (both straw and green feed)
Ø Mineral feeding is essential. Do Not forget to feed common salt and water
Ø Concentrate feeding is required according to production level.
Ø Obtain and treat only good quality straw (dry, clean, no moulds)
Ø Buy and store enough straw when easily available. Stack the straw well.
Ø Treat the straw according to the recommendations and keep the stack/clamp airtight to avoid moulds.
Ø If you do not have enough feed, consider alternatives like silage or selling excess animals, e.g. Young bulls and sick animals.
Ø Keep the best quality feed for animals with the greatest need (e.g. calves and high producers).
Ø Always consider the economics, even if production increases it may be at the expense of more costly inputs, which are not always warranted.
Treating Straws with Urea
1: Standard conditions for urea-ammoniation of commonly available
INDEX FOR COWS
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