The most important constraintsto improve livestock production. For instance: Dairy, Beef and Goat, Piggeryand Poultry Production are also related to Animal Nutrition.
Most plant species sown forpastures usually belong to one of the two plant groups: Legumes and grasses.
Legumes are plants withflowers like Caliandra which produce their seeds in pods compared to grasseslike Napier that have compound leaves with three or more broad, roundedleaflets.
Most legumes have tap rootsthat are able to obtain water from deeper in the soils than the roots of foddergrasses.
Legumes are highly valuedbecause they are high in protein and yield well without being fertilized withnitrogen. This is because legumes are able to form a mutually beneficialrelationship with Rhizobia bacteria.
In this association, thebacteria which is in the Nodules or swellings on the legume roots are able tofix atmospheric nitrogen and make it available to their hosts.
By now, am sure you might beinterested on the list of those recommended pastures for your livestock’s?
Let’s discuss about that: Beloware some of the common but not limited to pastures recommended for yourlivestock:
Alfalfa, Stylo, Sorghum, Cow-pea,Lablab, Siroto, Desmodium (sliver and green leaf), Cetro, Clitoria ternatea, Chlorisganyana, Panicum maximum, Seteria, Brachiaria, Kikuyu Grass, Hyparhenia Rufa, Sesbaniasesban, Caliandra calothyrusus, Gliricidia, Napier / Elephant Grass, Russian Comfrey.
And lastly maize and sweetpotato vines commonly known for silage production.
When next you are taking your livestock(s) out for grazing or providing fodder for them, search for any of the