Good Animal Husbandry Practices for Efficiency and Productivity and Feed Formulation Training Workshop Held in Ho
The Department of Agriculture identified the challenges facing animal production in the Volta Region during the 2020-21 year. The challenges were as a result of crop failure emanating from the effect of climate change. In an effort to improve support to livestock farmers to remain resilient in the midst of the challenges, a 2-day training workshop was held for some selected farmers and all Municipal and District livestock officers in Good Animal Husbandry Practices and Low-Cost Feed Formulation Techniques for both back yard and commercial farmers. The workshop began on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at the Volta Regional Co-ordinating Council Conference Room, Ho. Seventeen (17) district livestock officers and ten (10) selected farmers participated in the training workshop.
Participants were taken through practical sessions which involved the use of computer programmes to accurately formulate feed. They were also taken through how to use local non-conventional feed ingredients to formulate feed for both poultry, pigs and ruminants.
A demonstration on how to combine feed ingredients proportionately to make nutritionally balanced diet for the pigs and poultry was carried out.
Participants received training materials and a pen drive containing feed formulation software and other relevant data on the last day of the workshop.
Participants expressed joy about the workshop which they described as being beneficial, considering the high cost of feed on the market.