As part of our Animal Husbandry Training sessions which are taking place over the next few weeks in our recently adopted villages, it is crucial that the Goat beneficiaries learn which plants are best to feed their new animals.
Howeida Mohammed Ahmed, our Animal Production Officer, is leading the training in this area and will be explaining about local natural pasture plants.
Awish, gow, kerjina, Bano, gharoub and grass roots are all natural pasture plants which provide a very good source of vitamins and minerals for Goats and help the animals stay healthy and give good milk production.
There are also man-made fodder cakes, made from melon juice with millet corns and cotton seed cakes, which are especially good for pregnant or lactating goats.
Howeida will show the trainees how to plant fodder like sorghum in the rainy season in late July or early August when the rainfall rate is at its peak. The plants should be weeded before the final maturation when the fodder is cut. The fruits and the stem can then be put in sacks and kept in a dark place and left to dry. This green fodder will be kept and used in the dry season or when there is only a little rainfall. The stored green fodder will be of high nutritional value and great benefit to the animals.
Here is Howeida Mohammed teaching the Villagers about the range of animal fodder and discussing pasture plants.
The next step is for us to purchase the Goats! It is such an exciting time of year!
Can you please Donate a Goat today to help us ensure we can provide enough Goats for the poorest families in our new villages?
£50 ($69) provides one Nanny Goat
£66 ($92) provides one Billy Goat to be shared between three families
£250 ($346) provides five Nanny Goats to one family
£316 ($437) provides five Nanny Goats to a family and a Billy Goat (shared between three families)
Choose how many Goats to Donate here – thank you so much!