Two DTRI staff attended training on the Total Mixed Ration at the University of Georgia, USA

DTRI Researcher Mr. Menandro M. Loresco and DTRI OIC Director Dr. Amado A. Angeles went to University of Georgia at Tifton from April 3-14, 2017 to learn the formulation, production, storage and quality control of the total mixed ration and its feeding management under the supervision of Dr. John K. Bernard, Head of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science, College of Agriculture and Environmental Science.

The training included an overview of Georgia’s dairy industry, lectures on TMR formulation and quality assurance, its allied feed technologies such as silage and hay production, TMR feeding and industry field trips. The activity was part of the grant from the USAID - Science and Technology Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) for the research project, Philippine Local Forages as Sustainable Feed Alternative for Dairy Cattle.

The scarcity of good quality feed in smallhold and commercial dairy operations in the Philippines often results in varied nutrient intake of dairy cattle causing fluctuations in milk yield and this poses as one of the biggest threat to the full development of the dairy sector. With a feeding system that ensures consistent supply of quality dairy ration with the right balance of nutrients, productivity  would be sustained in the long term. However, ensuring the availability of feedstuffs as component of TMR rations is a great challenge in making this technology adoptable by local farmers.  The industry should address this problem to make this feeding technology work well in the country.