Dairy Goat Study: Sericea Lespedeza – A Cost Effective Way to Boost Milk Production

Project Overview

FS16-293
Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2016: $8,955.00
Projected End Date: 03/14/2017
Grant Recipient: farmer
Region: Southern
State: Louisiana
Principal Investigator:

Grant closed and funds deobligated 2/2/2018 due to noncompliance of submitting a final grant report.

Commodities

No commodities identified

Practices

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Proposal summary:

Nutrition is one factor that affects both the quantity and quality of goat milk production. Targeted access to S. lespedeza may have potential health benefits beyond its anti-parasitic properties. Though it hasn’t been demonstrated, this wonder plant could be a cost-effective means to enhance milk production in goats.

Project objectives from proposal:

To test the effect of S. lespedeza on our milkers, we propose a trial that incorporates S. lespedeza first into our feed plan and then into our pasture management program. Our study will measure milk production levels and composition for a test group of 12 goats who will have access to S. lespedeza. A control group of 12 goats who do not receive the legume will able be measured. The goats will be handpicked to ensure parity between the test and control groups.

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