Hydroponic fodder for cattle breeding in urban areas

a researcher watering the hydroponic forage trials

Population growth and urbanization affect the livestock sector, which is the main source of animal protein for the population. In fact, grazing land is shrinking while the demand for food continues to increase, especially in urban areas. To face this issue, the ECLIPSE Madagascar team (FOFIFA/DRZVP) in partnership with the Malagasy Institute for Veterinary Vaccines (IMVAVET) undertakes researches on the production of hydroponic fodder for ruminant feed.

This article has been written by RAZAFINARIVO Tsiri, RASOANOMENJANAHARY Auldine, ANDRIAMBEROMANGA Manovosoa, RAZANANORO Erline, MINIMINY Noelin.

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Report of the 2019 forage seminar is now available

the forage seminar of the ARChE_Net network, ECLIPSE project november 2019

From 25 to 28th November 2019, the ECLIPSE project held its seminar on forage in Antsirabe. Three days were devoted to lectures on multi-species fodder crops, alternative fodder resources and forage conservation. The last day was devoted to the visit of breeding farms and the FIFAMANOR experimental farm (fodder collection, laboratory). Check out our seminar report here 

ECLIPSE related : valorising and preserving the Mahorian zebu thanks to the DEFI ANIMAL project

photo de zébu mahorais ©Zsuzsanna ZSUPPAN Cirad

Characterizing and managing local breeds of ruminants in Mayotte (French department) is one of the objectives of the RITA (Network for Agricultural Innovation and Transfer) DEFI ANIMAL (DA) Mayotte project. The first phase (2015-2017), within the framework of the action "Conservation and development of animal genetic resources in the ruminant sector in Mayotte" has enabled an initial characterisation of the Mahorian zebu breed on zootechnical, phenotypic and genetic levels. 

This article was written by Zsuzsanna ZSUPPAN, CIRAD antenna in Mayotte. 

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ECLIPSE : how our intern Justine makes watching grass growth fun again

We teased you about her arrival on the June newsletter : there she is ! Justine, student engineer in international agribusiness development, joined the Selmet team in Reunion Island ! She is currently doing a final-year internship at CIRAD and is co-supervised by the Réunionese Association of Pastoralism. She is here to assess the variation in fodder density and growth within the framework of the Observatory of Grass Growth. Testimony of a Cirad trainee. 

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