Dairy farming faces feed problem in terms of quality and quantity among smallholder dairy farmers in Malawi. IFS-SMADAP project worked with farmers to identify and prepare relatively nutritive feeds from locally available feed resources, which include crop residues. The project selected dairy farmers as lead farmers in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu Milk Shed Areas for the intervention
Baseline survey found out that smallholder dairy farmers do not provide adequate water to their dairy animals, which has a negative impact on milk yield. Reasons varied from fear of poisoning, lack of drinking water facilities to lack of knowledge. IFS-SMADAP project incorporated water trough to cement intervention and demonstrated benefits of continuous supply of water to dairy cows
Artificial Insemination (AI) assures animal grade or improves grade of cows. However, cases of failure to hold when cows are inseminated among smallholder farmers are high. IFS-SMADAP project emphasized on strong linkage through farmer discussion between heat detection by farmers and communications with AI technicians.
Housing hygiene is one of main challenges smallholder dairy farming face in Malawi. This is noted through milk rejection rate at milk collection centres. IFS-SMADAP project in Malawi worked with selected smallholder dairy farmers in Milk Bulking Groups (MBG) in Blantyre Milk Shed Area. Cleaning of kraal floors had been a problem because mud accumulation on earthen floors. Intervention was...