Lindokuhle Christopher Mhlongo

CSIR-Inter Bursary Recipient

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The impact of the Black wattle forage inclusions in maize silage on the milk production and intakes in dairy cows

Dairy production is expensive to maintain due to the high cost of animal feed. There is a need for inexpensive feed to maintain the nutritional requirement of dairy cows. Black wattle (BW) is an invasive plant that grows during all seasons of the year and is readily available at a reasonable price. BW is a potential feed source that can be used to supplement the dietary requirements of dairy cows. However, it cannot be immediately incorporated in animal feeds as there is still not enough information on its feeding value. This study investigates the impact of the inclusions of BW in maize silage on the feed intake and milk production of dairy cows.