How Hybrid Napier grass CO(BN) 5 ( Napier CO5 ) Gives Dairy Animals Food Security
Despite the increased global demand for dairy products and milk production, dairy farming has been declining in India for several years. There are many reasons why cattle rearing has become a higher risk endeavor throughout the past few years, but they are beyond the scope of this particular article. Fortunately, though, sustainable agriculture can help solve one significant reason why cattle rearing has been on the decline. CO 5 hybrid cumbu Napier grass and other hybrid Napier ( Napier CO5 ) grass species can offer sustainable practices and solutions for cattle rearing for the 1st time in India.
Why are camels and other dairy cattle facing food insecurity?
Food insecurity and other issues with feed production are significant issues facing the dairy industry. More people are being born, so dairy demands have increased accordingly. But to meet those demands, there must be enough lactating cattle, space, and food for those cattle. Unfortunately, the shrinking landmass that could be used for cattle feed production is a considerable problem facing dairy farmers and their livestock.
Normally dry straw has been used to feed camels and other dairy cattle, but hay has become quite scarce in recent years. Because of increased demands for rice and other agricultural plants, landmass dedicated to feeding dairy cattle has decreased. Land that would have typically been used for hay and cattle feed production is now going to the cultivation of rice in particular.
Rice production can take up vast amounts of arable land, which can spell disaster for dairy farmers. But there is a solution in green grass fodder. Super Napier CO (BN) 5 grass species and other hybrid Napier grasses can help solve this crisis in agricultural sustainability. By growing green grass fodder, smallholding dairy farmers can keep their units running efficiently, profitably, and sustainably.
What is Napier grass and Hybrid Napier grass CO(BN) 5 ( Napier CO5 )?
Napier grass is a native plant species to Africa, and it is also called elephant grass because it’s a tall plant that produces excessive vegetation. Similar in appearance to bamboo, natural Napier grass grows in clumps that can produce up to 50 tillers in ideal soil and climate conditions. While the plant is high-yielding, the grass shoots are very coarse, and the stems and leaves aren’t succulent. While the plants are safe and sustainable for the soil and also take up little space, they aren’t very appealing to cattle as feed. But that all changed in 1953 when the Napier grass species was cross-bred with the Bajra plant.
So, why was this such a breakthrough for farmers?
Bajra plants produce far more succulent and tasty leaves and stems that camels and other dairy cattle find palatable. Bajra plants are also drought-resistant and fast-growing. So by combining the two plants, farmers now have a hybrid Napier grass that is:
- 100% Eco-friendly high yield sustainable forage crop
- Pest and drought resistant
- Able to prevent soil erosion
- Palatable to lactating cattle
- Highest crude protein aggregate
- Broader soft, lush green leaves
- More palatability because of succulent stems
- Rich in water-soluble carbohydrate
- Ideal DM (dry matter) content
- Easy digestibility to get essential nutrients
- The low indigestible crude fiber content
- Free from pests and fungus
- Assured availability in fresh loose form, shredded or as silage
- Assured year-round forage supply
When lactating cattle eat CO 5 hybrid Cumbu Napier grass plants, this plant helps increase milk production. If fed to goats and sheep, the animals will grow larger. The hybrid Napier grasses are perennials that can be grown in one field for up to three years. While natural Napier grasses will produce large amounts of leaves, hybrid plants produce even more. The blades on a hybrid Napier species are also softer, less sharp, and smoother.
After harvesting, the plants need to grow for 70 to 80 days before they can be initially harvested. After that, plants can be harvested every 45 days again or so, for a total of seven harvests per year. Cumbu Napier grass is also winter hardy and can be grown year-round as an excellent, sustainable, and affordable source of cattle feed.
Having to purchase concentrate feed for cattle, goats, and sheep is not a profitable way for smallholding farmers to sustain their units. With less land available to cultivate the materials for concentrate feed, the costs of these products will continue to rise. Planting hybrid Napier grasses is ideal for the protection of cattle feed sources, and allowing small farms to remain profitable. Planting Napier grass also gives farmers an effective wind or firebreak on their land. By wedding dairy farming to sustainable agricultural practises with Napier grass, farmers can enjoy a steadier income with healthy, well-fed cattle.
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