Fodder Production & Trading Company [Rs. 11.22 million, May-2018]

Fodder Production & Trading Company [Rs. 11.22 million, May-2018]
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This document is developed to provide the insight of the said business with potential investment opportunity in fodder production and trading unit to cater the need of the Dairy and livestock sector. Fodder includes grazing, hay, silage and roots that are used as animal feed. Availability of fresh fodder varies throughout the year, but livestock must eat every day; fodder conservation is, therefore, desirable in most farming systems. Increasing demand of livestock escalates the demand graph of fodder and to keep an un-interrupted supply round the year, hay making is the most familiar type used by most of the farms across the globe.

Haymaking is an old storage technique for agricultural produce. It is to preserve fodder in such a way that its nutrients are preserved with minimum loss in a storable form to make it available to livestock as feed at the time of scarcity. Hay making is very important for Pakistani farmers due to:

  • Seasonal fluctuation in fresh fodder availability.
  • Difference in nutrient value of different fodders available in different seasons.
  • Difference in price and quality of fodders at different times of the year.

The aim of haymaking is to store feed for later use on the farm, but now-a-days, hay is also a sellable commodity, as it is easy to transport and store. In some countries, urban dairies and draught or riding animals provide a large market, and some small-scale producers make hay for such markets. Others have to sell for ready cash and feed straw to their own stock. Large farms may grow hay as a cash crop, while not keeping livestock themselves.

The most acceptable form is Alfalfah (Lossan) which is also known as ‘Queen of the Fodder’. This is the best animal feed available which is also economical for both buyer and seller.

Berseem is also the most important forage legume in Pakistan. It is a major winter fodder crop and a source of abundant nutritious green fodder which is grown successfully under irrigated conditions. It is also known as milk multiplier as high palatability of the crop results in significant increase in milk production.

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