Optimised Ash Based Beef Cattle Mineral and Vitamin Block Lick for Free Choice Feeding

Optimised Ash Based Beef Cattle Mineral and Vitamin Block Lick for Free Choice Feeding

SUMMARY
In a collaboration between the Chinhoyi University of Technology in Zimbabwe, the Regional Agricultural and Environment Innovations Network-Africa (RAEIN-Africa) in South Africa and Capital Foods in Zimbabwe, an ash based mineral-vitamin block lick optimised by linear programming is being developed. This project aims to change the nutritional profile of local beef cattle owned by subsistence farmers by creating an affordable and convenient nutritional supplement that will improve their yield and provide better opportunities for higher returns per unit of beef cattle sold.

PROGRESS
To date the project team has:
• Produced a vitamin-mineral block lick prototype.
• Done validation animal response trials across Zimbabwe.

The feedback from the farmers has been very positive. Farmers including smallholder cattle owners have testified that their animals have improved in body condition when exposed to the block lick and are prepared to buy it, making commercialization of the project’s product possible in the near future. The project has successfully registered the summer and winter vitamin-mineral block licks with the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development in Zimbabwe according to the requirements of the Fertilizers, Farm Feeds and Remedies Act. The product is being patented.

OUTCOME AND IMPACT
The block lick product will help correct mineral and vitamin imbalances in grazing beef cattle, resulting in better economic returns benefiting especially small and medium-scale cattle farmers.

TEAM

Prof. Irvin DT Mpofu
Principal Investigator – Zimbabwe
Chinhoyi University of Technology
impofu66@yahoo.com

Dr Alice Maredza
Project Manager – South Africa
RAEIN-Africa
atadzei1@gmail.com

Prof. Zororo Muranda
Business Expert – Zimbabwe
Chinhoyi University of Technology
zmuranda@cut.ac.zw

Dr James Madzimure
Expert in Animal Response Trials – Zimbabwe
Chinhoyi University of Technology
madzimurej@gmail.com

Dr Nothando Msipah
Business Expert – Zimbabwe
Chinhoyi University of Technology
nmsipah@gmail.com

Commercial partner
Capital Foods in Zimbabwe

Project Type

Seed project

Countries involved

Status

Ongoing