Ethiopian-Dutch silage management

As in The Netherlands most maize will be silage and covered under plastic by this time, in Ethiopia some farms are experimenting with maize silage as well. One and a half hectare of maize had to be harvested at a former Ethiopian governmental farm (now run by a commercial farmer). Fortunately a Dutch farm was nearby with machines to do this more efficiently and faster than by hand. This is how the Ethiopian-Dutch teamwork was going:

Dutch machines and drivers cut the maize

Dutch machines and drivers cut the maize

The Dutch driver puts the maize exactly in the right place

The Dutch driver puts the maize exactly in the right place

The Ethiopian staff is spreading the maize equally

The Ethiopian staff is spreading the maize equally

The Ethiopian tractor is used to pressure the maize for good conservation

The Ethiopian tractor is used to pressure the maize for good conservation

The Ethiopian cows use the maize for higher milk production

The Ethiopian cows use the maize for higher milk production

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience learned that the genetically high potential dairy cows (purebred Holstein) give 10 litres of milk extra by adding maize to their daily feedstuffs. In Ethiopia cows are mainly fed local grasses, hey and  concentrates. After only two months the maize silage of this farmer will be finished. Then he will buy extra maize from the Dutch farm nearby for his high yielding cows. With the extra income of the higher milk production, it is no problem to pay for this maize and have a good income as well. Therefore he is planning to grow 10 hectares maize extra next year and improve his farm if this test with maize silage is working well. Ethiopian-Dutch collaboration with benefits for both parties and improvement of the whole system: interesting!

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Eelke Goodijk on November 14, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Dear Dorieke,

    What a wonderful experiences. You must have the time of your life. As we prepare for Sinterklaas you live in the sundrenched Ethiopia. We wish you the very best and still many great experiences.

    Eelke, Janneke en Tine Marije Goodijk

    Reply

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