Farmers in Midlands urged to boost and preserve livestock supplementary feeds

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By Staff Reporter
Farmers in Zvishavane and Mberengwa have been urged to boost and preserve livestock supplementary feeds for the approaching winter season as the two districts are highly affected by poor grazing pastures.
Midlands provincial crop and livestock officer, Mrs Madelina Magwenzi said livestock farmers in Zvishavane and Mberengwa districts should produce fodder using grass, hay, maize and small grains for winter feeding.
She said the animal breed in this region is highly affected by in- breeding which has caused the cattle to be small in frame and fetch lower prices on the market.
She said there is need to improve the water situation in the dry regions through borehole and dam construction as currently animals move long distances to get drinking water.
Mrs Magwenzi also urged communal farmers to observe livestock management techniques as they usually suffer losses due to pests and diseases owing to poor livestock management.

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