Feeds and Nutrition Research Programme

Feeds and Nutrition Research Programme

The optimal genetic expression in animals can be obtained when adequate nutrition is provided for them. Various feeds have been evaluated and improved upon to increase their nutritional value for animal production. Forages in all ecologic zones of the country have been evaluated and accessed as feed resources for livestock. Forages from other tropical countries have been introduced, assessed and established as valuable pastures. Agro-industrial by-products have been transformed and used as least-cost feeds for animals. Additives have been incorporated in feeds to increase the efficiency of utilization by livestock.

Routine activities involve the following

  1. Research on pasture species (data collection from ongoing agronomic studies/feeding trials)
  2. Maintenance of pasture paddocks
  3. Weeding/Cleaning
  4. Application of fertilizer
  5. Controlled burning of paddocks before the onset of rain
  6. Fire tracing
  7. Expansion of existing paddocks and establishment of new ones
  8. Harvesting of forage
  9. Setting up and maintenance of perimeter fences within the institute
  10. Pasture seed multiplication and harvest when seeds mature
  11. Cleaning, bagging, weighing and storage of pasture seeds
  12. Hay production
  13. Silage production using both Pit and Bunker silos
  14. Sale of pasture seeds and forage (Hay).
  15. Range land evaluation and management.

Routine Activities of Feeds and Nutrition Research Programme

The Feeds and Nutrition Research Programme has the following Objectives and Research thrust;

  • To develop improved, least cost, sown pasture and range management technologies.
  • To identify forage species adapted to various ecosystems.
  • To conduct research on all aspects of forage resources.

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Brachiaria ruziziensis

( Congo grass)