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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D) 1997

Application of laboratory feed evaluation to identify methods of easing feed scarcity in NW India

Feed Scarcity India

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : Application of laboratory feed evaluation to identify methods of easing feed scarcity in NW India

Pays : Inde

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R6995

DFID Programme : Livestock Production

Organismes de mise en œuvre
Lead Institutes : Natural Resources Institute (NRI)
Managing Institutes : Natural Resources International Limited (NRIL)
Collaborating Institutes : BAIF Development Research Foundation, India ; Rajasthan Regional Forum for Rural Transport & Development

Durée : 01-10-1997 à 30-09-2001

Objectif
To evaluate improved feeding practices to help alleviate constraints in the target area, and to help develop the application of feed evaluation to service LDC farmers.

Descriptif
A major constraint to ruminant livestock production in NW India is the lack of feed, a problem which can be severe during the February to June dry season ( particularly in February/March and May/June). The importance of this constraint has been recognised by the LPP as a project aimed at easing seasonal feed scarcity in this region was initiated in 1996 (project A0506). Goats, sheep and large ruminants are kept in this region, but feeding systems are different for the various types of animal. However, dry season feeding is restricted in all systems although current feed scarcities have not been specifically defined. While sheep generally migrate in large flocks to find dry season browse, goats and large ruminants remain on-farm. Goats are generally grazed extensively rather than stalled, although goats may be tethered or hobbled to restrict grazing. Grazing may be supplemented by a meals of fermented grain mash fed in the evening. Selected leaves and seeds may also be fed in the dry season, particularly to lactating goats. Goat feeding practices change little with the different seasons in spite of the changes in feed availability and quality . This project will investigate on-farm feeding as these feeding systems probably have more potential for successful intervention

Total Cost to DFID : £127,671

Présentation : UKAID

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