Articles by Author: Irenie Chakoma

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  1. The potential of replacing conventional dairy supplements with forage legume-based diets in Zimbabwe’s smallholder dairy sector

    The potential of replacing conventional dairy supplements with forage legume-based diets in Zimbabwe’s smallholder dairy sector

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    The effect of replacing commercial supplements with isoenergetic and isonitrogenous velvet bean-, cowpeaand lablab-based supplements on milk yield, milk quality and economic returns in smallholder crossbred dairy cows was investigated in the 2013 and 2014 dry seasons. Using 3 ×...
  2. Forage seed production and trade as a pathway out of poverty in the smallholder sector: lessons from the Zimbabwe Crop Livestock Integration for Food Security (ZimCLIFS) project

    Forage seed production and trade as a pathway out of poverty in the smallholder sector: lessons from the Zimbabwe Crop Livestock Integration for Food Security (ZimCLIFS) project

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    The major challenge to adoption of improved forage technologies in the smallholder farming sector is poor accessibility to seed of improved cultivars. Since 2012, the Zimbabwe Crop Livestock Integration for Improved Food Security (ZimCLIFS) project set out to address such...
  3. Promoting the use of home-mixed supplements as alternatives to commercial supplements in smallholder beef production systems in the subhumid region of Zimbabwe

    Promoting the use of home-mixed supplements as alternatives to commercial supplements in smallholder beef production systems in the subhumid region of Zimbabwe

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    The economic and performance effect of supplementing smallholder cattle by substituting commercial feed with iso-nitrogenous and iso-energetic diets based on alternative protein sources was investigated in two trials. In trial 1, three diets (commercial concentrate, commercial concentrate partially substituted with...
  4. The effect of conditioning and natural aeration methods on rate of moisture loss and crude protein content of <em>Lablab purpureus</em> herbage during hay-making

    The effect of conditioning and natural aeration methods on rate of moisture loss and crude protein content of <em>Lablab purpureus</em> herbage during hay-making

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    The objective of this on-farm study was to develop an effective and labour-extensive method to cure forage Lablab purpureus ‘Highworth’ for resource-constrained smallholder farmers in the Goromonzi district, Zimbabwe in 2014. In a completely randomised factorial design, the drying rate...
  5. Forage seed value chain analysis in a subhumid region of Zimbabwe: perspectives of smallholder producers

    Forage seed value chain analysis in a subhumid region of Zimbabwe: perspectives of smallholder producers

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    In smallholder systems, farmers are increasingly becoming aware of the need to improve livestock productivity through production of quality fodder. This is in response to scarcity of feed, particularly in the dry season, associated with seasonal variations, land degradation and...