Fri. Sep 25th, 2020

Supporting Farmers

Spotlight on pasture trends

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Monitor Farm Clinic at Kabanyolo in Gayaza

Farmers take notes as they follow proceedings during the 7th Monitor Farm Clinic at Kabanyolo in Gayaza. photos by Alex Esagala

By DENIS BBOSA
The organisers of the 9th edition of the Monitor Farm Clinic have put together a buffet of agricultural knowledge that participants will most certainly enjoy and reap benefits.
Seeds of Gold reached out to most of the expert facilitators set to lecture the participants on May 26 at the Mbarara Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MBAZARDI) and they revealed vital clues of what to expect. Today we feature Geoffrey Beyihayo an expert in animal feeds.
Pasture trends to be addressed
Livestock farmers set to attend this month’s Farm Clinic are set to benefit a great deal from the abundant experiences set to be shared by Geoffrey Beyihayo who holds a Master’s of Science in Animal Nutrition and a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture (Animal Option) all from Makerere University.
Beyihayo works with the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) as an Animal Production Scientist/ Research Officer at MBAZARDI in the South Western Uganda.
As an animal production scientist, his core work revolves around conducting research, developing and disseminating technologies on livestock including animal nutrition, management and breeding.
He has vast experience of research in the field dairy improvement specifically in the field of Animal Nutrition and pasture production.
He is currently leading the implementation of the projects to improve management and sustainable utilization of livestock forage resources and dairy supplement development in the South Western Agro-Ecological Zone (SWAEZ), which aims to increase dairy production and productivity in the zone.
He has successfully executed several consultancy works for local and International agencies.
For example, he developed a training manual on “strategic feeding of dairy cows” for use by extension officers and by farmers themselves. In addition, Beyihayo lecturers course units related to Animal production at Kyambogo and Gulu University. He has developed manuals and books like ‘Feeding To Enhance Dairy Cattle Productivity’.
For this coming Farm Clinic, Beyihayo is going to put emphasis on low cost dairy supplements developed by NARO for increased milk yield, fertility, income, cow-health and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved pasture production using improved pastures, recent advances in pasture conservation for dry season feeding.
Next week we will bring you the profiles of other facilitators such as Dr Halid Kirunda who is the lead facilitator, Dr Amos Nabasumba (mangoes) and Dr Peace Kankwasa (cassava).

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