at a lower cost
Feed commonly accounts for two-thirds of livestock costs, and prices are spiraling. In 2022, ICARDA continued to introduce forage crops into farming approaches. Cereals, legumes, grasses, shrubs, and even spineless cactus increase feed availability throughout the year, reducing costs, improving livestock health, and relieving grazing pressure on rangelands.
In Tunisia, ICARDA is also developing animal feed from commonly discarded farm ‘waste’ like olive residues, cactus peels, date waste, and wheat bran. The waste is combined with legumes, urea, and vitamin and mineral supplements and pressed into feed pellets, providing a cheap nutritional boost to animal nutrition.