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Forage corn: Emerging use of maize crop in the Philippines

By: Faylon, P.S | Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo (CIMMYT), Mexico, DF (Mexico) | 7, Proceedings of the Asian Regional Maize Workshop Los Baños (Philippines) 23-27 Feb 1998.
Contributor(s): Vasal, S.K.|Gonzalez Ceniceros, F.|XiongMing, F [eds.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookAnalytics: Show analyticsPublisher: Los Baños, Laguna (Philippines) PCARRD : 2000Description: p. 459-470.Subject(s): Crop husbandry | Developing Countries | Economic resources | Farm sector | Feed cereals | Food supply | Foraging | Livestock AGROVOC | Maize | Philippines | PoultrySummary: Livestock and poultry are vital to Philippine economy and food supply. Its contribution to the Gross Value Added (GV A) to agriculture is sustained at 25% through the years. It provides protein foods, i.e., meat, milk and eggs, and of course, employment to farm families. The high demand for beef, in particular, resulted to the establishment of commercial feedlot operations, raising feeder stocks from Australia. The feeding of quality roughages (chopped corn or napier) are scientifically formulated concentrate feeds which made feedlot operations viable until the foreign exchange rate soar to almost unmanageable level. Nevertheless, forage corn production emerged as an enterprise in Mindanao and Northern Luzon. Experiences had shown that the technology for forage corn production is appropriate. The business partnership between corn and feedlot farmers, however, should be improved. The volume and time of delivery of the forage are vital to feedlot operator in the same way as the price and facilities for weighing and unloading are critical to a corn farmer. Corn is acknowledged as the best silage material. Ensiling technology appropriate to small scale Asian farmer was developed. The critical factors for successful silage making were already identified and promoted to livestock farmers. As the demand for quality beef increases and the viability of dairy production improves under Philippine conditions, there will be a demand for forage corn.Collection: CIMMYT Publications Collection
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Livestock and poultry are vital to Philippine economy and food supply. Its contribution to the Gross Value Added (GV A) to agriculture is sustained at 25% through the years. It provides protein foods, i.e., meat, milk and eggs, and of course, employment to farm families. The high demand for beef, in particular, resulted to the establishment of commercial feedlot operations, raising feeder stocks from Australia. The feeding of quality roughages (chopped corn or napier) are scientifically formulated concentrate feeds which made feedlot operations viable until the foreign exchange rate soar to almost unmanageable level. Nevertheless, forage corn production emerged as an enterprise in Mindanao and Northern Luzon. Experiences had shown that the technology for forage corn production is appropriate. The business partnership between corn and feedlot farmers, however, should be improved. The volume and time of delivery of the forage are vital to feedlot operator in the same way as the price and facilities for weighing and unloading are critical to a corn farmer. Corn is acknowledged as the best silage material. Ensiling technology appropriate to small scale Asian farmer was developed. The critical factors for successful silage making were already identified and promoted to livestock farmers. As the demand for quality beef increases and the viability of dairy production improves under Philippine conditions, there will be a demand for forage corn.

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