Connecting, Transforming and Sustaining Livelihoods

Silage Making

Lucas Kemboi is a dairy farmer who keeps 6dairy cows in a semi-zero grazing unit. He has been experiencing a challenge in the availability of feeds to his dairy herd as he has been depending mostly on direct feeding using Napier grass and boma Rhodes.

Under the KAVES project Lucas and his group members were trained on feed conservation/silage making, a technique which involves preservation of green material by fermentation. Lucas resulted in ensiling his 2-acres of maize using a trench silo this silage enough feed for his dairy herd the whole-year round. Milk production from his her doubled, from an average of 9 litres/cow/day to 18-20 litres/cow/day.

Why silage?

  • Farmers can store the silage for many months and still have good animal feed - up to 85% of the energy and protein value of the original crop.
  • A farmers stores extra feed as silage for use during periods of scarcity.
  • Farmers can harvest their crops when they have highest feed value and store them for use throughout the year.
  • Farmers can utilize forage materials that have low sugar content such as sorghum or napier grass by making silage.

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