The impact of fodder flow systems practiced by small scale dairy farmers on milk production and economic viability in Marirangwe smallholder dairy scheme of Zimbabwe

An analysis was made for the cattle feed quality used by the small-scale and large-scale producers in Marirangwe, Zimbabwe. This was done to try and explain the huge disparity between milk production by the two dairy sectors. Feed-staff from the 2 dairy production systems were analysed for nutritional quality. There was no significant nutritional differences between the feed from the two production sytems. Disparities in milk production could therefore be attributed to the consistency of provision and quality of feed given to animals. There is therefore need to promote cultivation of crops that can provide feed to animals without competing with humans to bridge the gap of fed supply inconsistency among small scale dairy producers.
Une analyse a été faite pour la qualité des aliments du bétail utilisés par les producteurs à petite échelle et à grande échelle dans Marirangwe, Zimbabwe. Cela a été fait pour tenter d’expliquer l’énorme disparité entre la production de lait par les deux secteurs des produits laitiers. Le programme de « nourrir le personnel » à partir de 2 systèmes de production laitière a été analysé pour la qualité nutritionnelle. Il n’y avait pas de différences significatives entre les aliments nutritionnels des deux systèmes de production. Les disparités dans la production de lait pourraient donc être attribuées à la cohérence de l’offre et la qualité des aliments donnés aux animaux. Il ya donc nécessité de promouvoir la culture de plantes qui peuvent fournir l’alimentation des animaux sans entrer en concurrence avec les humains pour combler le fossé de l’incompatibilité d’approvisionnement nourris au sein des producteurs laitiers à petite échelle.
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"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Animal Science"