An Evaluation of Zero-Grazing Under a Napier Grass-Based System in Hi-Yielding Cows at Small-Holder Level

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1995
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Mogaka, L. M.
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In medium and high potential areas of Kenya. Animal production systems are shifting from extensive grazing. This is due to diminishing farm sizes resulting from high population growth and competition between livestock and food crops. These factors have reduced the land size available for livestock production (Jaetzold and Schmidt. 1982). The strategy being adopted to increase productivity in dairy enterprises in such areas is the zero-grazing system. This system maximises land usage through growth of high-yielding fodder crops and efficient utilisation of these crops (Ibrahim. 1988). Fodder Napier (Bana) has been recommended as the principale roughage. It is high yielding (28- 33 tons DMlha/yr.) especially in well drained fertile soils and is of good quality if well managed (Ibrahim, 1988).
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 60 (4), p. 201-206
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