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On-farm Feed Advisor

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Poster, September 2019

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On-farm Feed Advisor

  1. 1. On-farm Feed Advisor Contact: ILRI, Patancheru, India v.padmakumar@cgiar.org This document is licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. September 2019 What was the problem? Milk yield per cow in smallholder households in India is around one ton per year, whereas it is almost five tons in Thailand (IFCN Data) What are the causes? • Limited understanding on actual nutrient requirements of animals • Ignorance on nutrient composition of feeds • Limited knowledge on matching nutrients and production Is there any proof? How the problem was addressed • Created district-wide feed database • Developed software program that can calculate nutritional gap in current feeding • Used artificial intelligence to find out least cost feed combination The tool works on a mobile and gives advice on what to feed, how much to feed and in what form so that the feeding cost can be reduced and productivity can be improved Results/impact Under field pilot. Expected to increase productivity by 10–25% or reduce feeding cost by 25% An experienced person need only 10 min to input data and get the feed advice memo (Source: Derived from VDSA-India 2013 and Blummel et al. 2014)

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