Tropical Dairy Farming: Feeding Management for Small Holder Dairy Farmers in the Humid Tropics

Tropical Dairy Farming: Feeding Management for Small Holder Dairy Farmers in the Humid Tropics

By John Moran

Tropical Dairy Farming: Feeding Management for Small Holder Dairy Farmers in the Humid Tropics PDF is a manual designed for use by dairy production advisors working in tropical areas, especially in South-East Asia. It aims to increase the productivity of small holder dairy farmers in the humid tropics by improving the feeding management of their livestock. It shows how to provide dairy cows with cost-effective feeds that match small holder farming systems and discusses the major obstacles to improving feeding management in the humid tropics.

The author shows the benefits and drawbacks of various feed components and the calculation of balanced diets based mainly on forages combined with some supplementary feeding. Diseases and problems associated with unbalanced diets are also covered, as well as important information on growing and conserving quality forages as silage.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Tropical dairy systems

Small holder dairying

What is in feeds?

How the rumen works

Nutrient requirements of dairy cows

How feed requirements change during lactation

Growing quality forages

Making quality silage

Supplements for milking cows

Milk responses to supplements

Formulating a diet

Problems with unbalanced diets

Diet and milk production

Nutrition and fertility

Nutrition and young stock

Economics of milk production

Body condition scoring

Overcoming environmental constraints to cow performance

Future developments in feeding management in the humid tropics

Appendices

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