Dr. T.O. Abuom, Vet Farm Manager, (left) showing the sorghum crop he planted during the long rainy season in April 2015 to provide livestock feed.
Vet Farm has resorted to planting sorghum as a result of poor rains that led to poor yields of maize in the preceding three planting seasons. Maize has been the main forage crop planted at the Vet. Farm.
Sorghum was planted, on a trial basis, on a 5 acre piece of land and the first crop was harvested two and a half months after planting. In addition, the stumps that remained after harvesting have started re-growing without rains and will be ready for harvesting in 3 months after the first harvest.
The advantage of sorghum is its growth with minimal precipitation and the fact that it can be harvested for several seasons before ploughing the land. It thus saves on the cost of tillage and labor when compared to maize. This crop has helped to stabilize forage supplies to the dairy herd thus improving the growth, fertility and production of the animals as well as increasing the profitability of the dairy enterprise.
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