Small stock production: Back to basics with sheep nutrition

What sheep eat has a great impact on their condition and performance. These basic feeding principles can help you improve their nutritional status. Feed is the single biggest budgetary item associated with raising ruminants, such as sheep. It usually accounts for at least 60% of the total production costs in…

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Livestock production: The secret to making good silage

Question: I would like to learn how to make silage to feed my animals. Can you help, please? Making silage requires a lot of labour and attention, but if it is tackled with care, a short period of hard work can prove to be worthwhile all year long. Silage can…

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Small stock production: Nutrition for kids and lambs

Question: What are the nutritional requirements for raising kids and lambs? Nutrition starts with the mother.  If ewes or does are poorly fed while pregnant, the offspring won’t grow well inside the mother.  They’ll be small, weak and thin at birth and liable to die from factors such as cold, wind,…

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Cereal by-products future of sustainable livestock feed – ILRI

Cereal by-products will play an increasing role in building sustainable livestock futures across the developing world, says the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The aim is to treat cereals like straw from fine grain crops such as rice, wheat and teff and stover from coarse grain plants such as maize,…

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