Opportunities for exploiting underutilized feed resources to enhance market-oriented animal production in North-western Ethiopia
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Desalew, T.; Tegegne, A.; Negatu, L.; Teka, W. 2009. Opportunities for exploiting underutilized feed resources to enhance market-oriented animal production in North-western Ethiopia. IN: Animal nutrition: preparedness to combat challenges. International conference held at National Agriculture Science Centre Complex, Dev Prakash Shastri Marg, New Delhi, India, February 14-17, 2009. Izatnagar (India): Animal Nutrition Association (ANA).
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This study was conducted in Metema district, Amhara Region, Ethiopia to characterize the existing feed resources and recommend their enhanced utilization for animal production. The major feeds were pasture (55.7%), crop residues (20.7%), stubble (14.3%) and hay (9.3%). The estimated annual feed supply was 833,531.2 tons DM and 94% came from natural pasture. About 33 herbaceous species and 20 woody species that are highly desirable, desirable and less desirable were identified. The total dry matter biomass and the high proportion of desirable species could be effectively utilized to support market-oriented ruminant production in the district and beyond.