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Farmers attend livestock food preparation workshop held by Agriculture Ministry in Orange Walk

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Posted: Friday, March 4, 2022. 5:26 pm CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias

Farmers in the Orange Walk District attended a silage workshop at the Yo Creek Agriculture Station in Orange Walk.

Farmers are learning how to prepare silage out of forage to feed livestock.

“The feed can be used for cows, sheep and goats and may be prepared by hand at low cost,” said the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE), in a social media post.

“Forage which has been grown while still green and nutritious can be conserved through a natural ‘pickling’ process,” says a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations published by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“Lactic acid is produced when the sugars in the forage plants are fermented by bacteria in a sealed container (‘silo’) with no air. Forage conserved this way is known as ‘ensiled forage’ or ‘silage’ and will keep for up to three years without deteriorating. Silage is very palatable to livestock and can be fed at any time.”

The attending farmers learnt how to prepare the silage by mixing the nutrients.

Sugarcane, corn, and other grasses can be used to make silage which is prepared when these are still green.

The Yo Creek Agriculture Station plans on holding more workshops in the near future in an effort to keep farmers abreast of developments in livestock management, said MAFSE.

 

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