Tropical Dairy Farming
Feeding Management for Small Holder Dairy Farmers in the Humid TropicsEdited by:
Shows smallholder dairy farmers in the humid tropics how to improve feeding of cows cost-effectively.
Tropical Dairy Farming is a manual designed for use by dairy production advisors working in tropical areas, especially in South-East Asia. It aims to increase the productivity of small holder dairy farmers in the humid tropics by improving the feeding management of their livestock. It shows how to provide dairy cows with cost-effective feeds that match small holder farming systems and discusses the major obstacles to improving feeding management in the humid tropics. + Full description
The author shows the benefits and drawbacks of various feed components and the calculation of balanced diets based mainly on forages combined with some supplementary feeding. Diseases and problems associated with unbalanced diets are also covered, as well as important information on growing and conserving quality forages as silage.
The book draws on examples from a variety of countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, East Timor and the Philippines.- Short description
No longer available in a print edition.
- Nutritional requirements of cows in terms of energy, protein and fibre.
- Comparisons of feeds on the basis of their nutritional value.
- Principles of growing quality forages.
- Making quality silage.
- Explains the impact of nutrition on milk production, health and reproduction, and the growth of young dairy stock.
- Balancing diets in terms of energy, protein and fibre.
- Shows how forage and feed supplements interact and determine profitability.
CSIRO Publishing would like to thank the Crawford Fund whose generous financial support made the publication of this work possible.
- Tropical dairy systems
- Small holder dairying
- What is in feeds?
- How the rumen works
- Nutrient requirements of dairy cows
- How feed requirements change during lactation
- Growing quality forages
- Making quality silage
- Supplements for milking cows
- Milk responses to supplements
- Formulating a diet
- Problems with unbalanced diets
- Diet and milk production
- Nutrition and fertility
- Nutrition and young stock
- Economics of milk production
- Body condition scoring
- Overcoming environmental constraints to cow performance
- Future developments in feeding management in the humid tropics