Napier CO5: Presenting the World with Unprecedented Solutions

General Introduction

One of the major sources of wealth from all over the world remains agriculture. It has been neglected over the years but nations that still cherish its impact would do anything to keep the world’s first occupation alive. An interesting part of agriculture is livestock raring and one of the most basic and inexpensive ways of feeding livestock such as cows, sheep, goat and other forms of ruminant animals remains open grazing. While so many countries around the world have prohibited open grazing because of its ecological consequences, the practice still goes on in most developing and other developed areas of the world.

Just like humans. The quality of food we give livestock (or animals that can be categorized as beasts of burden such as horses, donkeys, and camels) matters. In the instance of sheep, goats, cows and so on, the quality of the food helps in determining how healthy their produce is for human consumption. As we all know, milk and meat from some of this livestock are essentially one of the major sources of food for the human race.Just like humans. The quality of food we give livestock (or animals that can be categorized as beasts of burden such as horses, donkeys, and camels) matters. In the instance of sheep, goats, cows and so on, the quality of the food helps in determining how healthy their produce is for human consumption. As we all know, milk and meat from some of this livestock are essentially one of the major sources of food for the human race.

For countries that have regulated their agricultural sector, there are adequate measures put in place to make sure animals are well fed with essential nutrients that would determine the quality of their produce. The sad news in other parts of the world is that animals whose major diet consists of major grass are left to eat just any type of grass without paying attention to the nutritional values those grasses contain. This doesn’t not only pose serious health challenges in these animals, but it also poses serious ecological problems such as rangeland degradation and reduction in vegetation and biodiversity.

Nutritional Hazard of Open Grazing

While other common grass such as Alfalfa causes bloating especially in cattle, nightshade which is another very common weed available during pasture and highly favored by cows, sheep, goats and even horses can pose serious health hazard such as abdominal pain, loss of appetite, diarrhea, dilation of the pupil which could result into loss of muscular coordination and in some extreme cases death.

Squirrel corn, sneezeweed, cocklebur, white snakeroot, water dropworts, English yew, and many others are an example of very dangerous weeds that livestock could get exposed to during open grazing and which can deprive them of essential nutrients, expose them to the serious health hazard and may even result into their death. These dangerous plants also vary from place to place as there are other tropical weeds that may be present in various fields across the world.

Ecological Challenges Pose by Open Grazing

More than a quarter of the entire earth’s land surface is currently used for grazing domestic livestock. This common practice has a wide range of ecological disadvantages which ranged from herbage removal, trampling to adverse changes in vegetation structure, the adverse effects are limitless.

Currently, the estimated pasture land of the entire earth surface is above two million kilometers square and it is distributed between arid, semi-arid, semi-humid, humid temperate and tropical highland zones. Altogether, statistics have shown that they all together support over three hundred million cattle worldwide, over six hundred million sheep and goats. The most adverse effect of this is the degradation process all of the activities of this livestock costs. The prolonged heavy grazing caused by the fact that more than thirty percent of the entire world supply of livestock and other relatable animals are a product of open grazing has resulted into the disappearance of very palatable species of plants which consequently also results into a long regenerative cycle. Regenerative cycle in Savannah takes up to thirty years while it takes up to one hundred years in the rainforest.

This is without prejudice to other consequences such as soil erosion which is one of the major causes of flood in India as well as other parts of the world. Excessive open grazing also results in loss of fertility in soil and water infiltration.

If an activity that is considered harmless by so many people from all over the world can result in all of the consequences mentioned above, why then is it still practiced? While more technology inclined ranches and farms from around the world have embraced alternative sources of feeding such as maize silage, hays, fortified feeds. Alfalfa and so on, they still often have to deal with the best organic product or natural plants that seem to be capable of solving all the nutritional challenges that are peculiar to each of this livestock.

Introducing Napier CO5

Now, we Introduce to you the amazing and super plant, the Napier CO5. A close look at this very unique species of plant would give an impression that the plant is merely a variant of the common elephant grass and nothing special. The sustainability of livestock production highly depends on the availability of quality feed and forage resources.

It is widely used in cut and carry feeding systems and is of growing importance in other agricultural systems. All over the world, Napier CO5 is now renowned for its many desirable characteristics which include but not limited to high yield per unit area, tolerance to intermittent drought and high water use efficiency, making it a forage of choice. It has the ability to withstand repeated cutting and will rapidly regenerate, producing palatable leafy shoots. Consequently, enhancing the knowledge-based use and conservation of the available Napier grass resources promises to substantially benefit livestock value chains.

What if I told you that this unique plant is a special breed created by cross-breeding elephant grass with the pearl millet to get an amazing new hybrid plant that is super rich in protein and every essential nutrient that your livestock needs?

Don’t be surprised, the ‘super’ nature of the Napier CO5 breed is overwhelming. The first question on your minds at the moment it, ‘why is this plant different?’ let me tell you why in three well-detailed notes.

1.There is no other plant no matter how much artificialized its growth is, that would give you up to a two hundred tons per acre in herbage and can grow as tall as fifteen feet. What this means is that you can comfortably feed up to fifteen fully grown cows with the yield from just one acre of land.

Not only would you put even a very minimal amount of land to good use, you can save a lot in store silage and also create a perfect alternative for open grazing as it takes just fifty-seventy days to have a fully grown Napier CO5. The good news is that Napier CO5 is rich in water-soluble carbohydrate that makes it very suitable for silage. You don’t even have to add any additive.

2.There is no other plant that is as rich in protein as the Napier CO5 as the heightened crude protein from Napier CO5 stands between 14-18 percent. Not even all the beer in the world, hay, maize silage or even alfalfa can give your livestock the amount of protein Napier CO5 can give. Its Crude fiber stands at 26.5% with an overall dry matter of 20.3%, making it more superior than any form and species of Napier that ever existed.

3.There is no other plant that can be grown in very diverse weather conditions the way Napier CO5 can grow. Napier CO5 is drought resistant and can grow and survive even in some of the most adverse weather conditions insofar as the soil is rich in organic matters needed to ensure necessary growth. This characteristic makes the plant easy to grow and readily available. This would help reduce or in fact eliminate grazing system because as statistics have shown, livestock kept in a zero grazing system save a lot of energy which then becomes better yields as compared to grazing animals.

Comparing Napier CO5 to Maize Silage and Alfalfa Grass

Neither Maize Silage or Alfalfa Grass can give you the three most remarkable properties of the Napier CO5. To start with, both Alfalfa grass and Maize silage is low in crude protein and too high in starch. It is also very low in essential minerals such as calcium, sodium, and magnesium that is essential essentially for dairy livestock. Basing livestock feeding on just maize silage can result in low dietary intake which can also result in serious health issues as well as a reduction in the productiveness of your livestock. Also, the Napier CO5 grass has high water efficiency that allows it to survive in any weather condition.


Napier grass is a C4 grass species that also has the capacity to reduce shoot dry matter and maximize carbon assimilation during times of water stress, making it a desirable forage crop in areas subjected to intermittent droughts. Napier grass undergoes changes in its morphology including leaf rolling, reduced stomatal conductance and enhanced water use efficiency when subjected to water stress conditions. Alfalfa grass and maize silage require a lot of water as they depend on high rain ratio and very humid environment to survive. They also cannot really last too long in silage without additives.

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