Jersey dairy cow in coastal Kenya

JERSEY DAIRY COW IN COASTAL KENYA

Jersey cow has proved ideal for the coastal region because:

It has adapted to high humidity and high temperatures of the region  

It is a small animal which utilizes little feed to produce milk

It can do well under shade of coconut and cashew nuts trees in a free grazing system

Jersey cow grazing under coconut trees

 

Technologies for increasing fodder production

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Plant spacing /nutrient supply

DM Yield t/ha

Number of cows per yr

Napier + Leucaena

Napier:  1x0.5m, split or stem cutting

Leucaena: Nursery raised seedlings planted 0.25x5m apart along row

12

2 + heifer

Napier + Gliricidia

Napier:  1x0.5m, split or stem cutting

Gliricidia: 0.5 m long mature cuttings of over 3cm diameter planted during long rainy season 0.25x5m row

Gliricidia: Nursery raised seedlings planted 0.25x5m

12

2 + heifer

Napier +Leucaena+ Clitoria

Napier:  1x0.5m, split or stem cutting

Gliricidia: 0.5 m long mature cuttings of over 3cm diameter planted during long rainy season 0.25x5m row

Gliricidia: Nursery raised seedlings planted 0.25x5m

clitoria (drill 1 line between Napier grass rows)

12

2 + heifer

Napier + tree legume

Napier + Leucaena or gliricidia (1x5m)+ slurry (5.5t Dm/ha)

16

3+ heifer

Napier + fertilizer

Napier 1x0.5m, split or stem cutting; Apply 1 bag (50kg) DAP/ha at planting; Apply 3 bags CAN every rainy season

16

3+ heifer

Napier + manure(Tumbukiza)

Dig a 2 ft x2ftx2ft hole- 2ft apart. Mix manure and topsoil at 2:1 ratio by volume. Plant Napier grass

 1.5 times more DMY

 

RECOMMENDATION FOR FEEDING DAIRY COWS