Assessment of Livestock Feed Resources in Boloso Sore Woreda, Wolayita Zone, Ethiopia
Received Date: Aug 21, 2017 / Accepted Date: Jan 31, 2018 / Published Date: Feb 05, 2018
The study was conducted in Wolita zone Boloso sore woreda. The objective of the study was to assess and identify major livestock feed resources availability and feeding calendar. Livestock feed resources was identified using semi-structured questionnaire, group discussion and key informants. Observations were also made to cross check the information obtained. The average landholding of the area is 0.95 ha per household. Grazing areas (both individual and communal) constituted the largest proportion in wet and sustainable feed supply throughout the year. Crop residue is the main feed source for livestock during dry season. About 14.16% of the total land holding is used for grazing (for cut and carry and free grazing). Feed resources available to the farmers are dominated by poor quality of natural pastures and crop production. Shortage of grazing land and inadequate feed supply are the major constraints of livestock production in the area. Having many more problems associated with livestock feeding with regard to shortage of feed, there is no strategic feed conservation in the form of silage and hays. Therefore, government and non-governmental organizations should play a significant role through training farmers, and creating awareness about livestock feed resource improvement (conservation of feed, improved forage development and etc.) regarding to quantity as well as quality aspects.
Keywords: Boloso sore worda; Livestock feed resource; Longitude; Agro-ecologies
Citation: Habtegiorgis K, Asrat M, Getiso A, Yirga H (2018) Assessment of Livestock Feed Resources in Boloso Sore Woreda, Wolayita Zone, Ethiopia. J Fisheries Livest Prod 6: 260. Doi: 10.4172/2332-2608.1000260
Copyright: © 2018 Habtegiorgis K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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