Webinar | Netherlands East African Dairy Partnership (NEADAP) breakfast webinar on Rumen8
This ninety minute breakfast webinar provides a demonstration and introduction into how Rumen8 is being utilised by dairy farmers in Kenya.
- 08 Jul 2021
- Netherlands Food Partnership; Netherlands East African Dairy Partnership (NEADAP)
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08:00 to 09:30 CEST
Rumen8 is a free software application to easily manage dairy and beef cattle rations to increase production, reduce costs and lower enteric methane intensity. Originally developed for the dairy industry in Australia, it was adapted for use in East Africa by adding, amongst others, a tropical feed library with 230 feeds. It has proven itself as a powerful tool for reducing the feed cost, increasing margin above feed costs and reducing enteric methane emissions per liter of milk.
The NEADAP coalition considers this tool a ‘best practice in dairy and beef’ and promotes its wider use. This breakfast webinar includes a video impression of how Rumen8 is used at dairy farms in Kenya, introductions by experts Jos Creemers and Hink Perdok, practical demonstrations how to use Rumen8 in the formulation of a cattle ration and a Q and A session.
Since 2018, Rumen8 was adapted for use in East Africa under the Kenyan Market Led Dairy Development Programme (KMDP, a programme led by SNV). Rumen8 is now already used by more than 300 dairy advisors in East Africa. Currently SNV is introducing the Rumen8 tool in Uganda through a training and coaching programme which involves more than 45 extension officers introducing their recommendations on more than 32 dairy farms. Later this year SNV will introduce Rumen8 in Ethiopia. During the past year (2020/21) the developers of Rumen8 worked on a beef module and a dual purpose cow module which is included in the Rumen8 software once downloaded. The new Beef addition was launched in the beginning of June 2021.
More about NEADAP
NEADAP is a partnership of Agriterra, SNV, Solidaridad and Wageningen UR promoting dairy development with a focus on East-Africa. Their approach is based on the position paper 'Dairy for nutrition, employment and sustainability'. NEADAP has an action agenda for the Dutch contribution to dairy development in Africa and Asia. Current priorities include dairy for healthy diets, quality assurance, sustainable production and self-sustaining extension.Read more here