Forage palm and gliricidia as options for feeding dairy cattle in the semiarid region in Brazil
Published Nov 17, 2021
The Lagos do São Francisco project, a partnership between Embrapa Semiárido, Chesf and BNDES, with support from Univasf and municipal governments, has been promoting the use of forage cactus and gliricidia as foodstuffs in dairy cattle farming in the Semiarid region. These forages are being used on rural properties by the Embrapa team, with the aim of solving forage supply problems during the driest times of the year. The works also seek to improve the costs of milk production, since feed represents 40% to 60% of expenses in animal husbandry, varying depending on the efficiency of feed management, which can be optimized in the diversity and quality of forages. The researcher from Embrapa Semi-Arid Salete de Moraes reminds that the producer needs to keep to conventional foods like corn and soy, which have a very high price variation, mainly due to the involvement with the international market, allied to climatic fluctuations. "Due to the increase in costs to meet the demand for ...