Sabzazar Farm recognizes the importance of the provision of fresh green fodder. In summers, the corn is cut when it has reached the stage of 2/3rd milk line which is used as fodder on a daily basis. In winters, 2 parts of the Egyptian clover (barseen) is mixed with 1 part of corn silage or fresh corn forage, or cornstalk which is then used as fodder. It is noteworthy that this type of mixed fodder used in winters, if available, is recognized as an ideal option all over the world.
Moreover, it may be easily noticeable that a mature corn plant, on the basis of dry matter, is made up of different parts, which are as follows:
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All over the year, Sabzazar Farm prefers the use of 20 % of corn silage as and when required, in the remaining 60 % of fresh corn fodder and 20 % of fresh Egyptian Clover (barseen). The two main benefits of this preference as observed at the farm are a healthier cattle, increase in birth rate per year, increased milk production and aflatoxin-free feed. Due to this, the aflatoxin level in the milk at Sabzazar Farm is within the international standards required for export.
The reason behind the use of silage in small quantity at Sabzazar Farm as mentioned earlier, i.e. 20 % as and when required in the green fodder, is twofold. Firstly, as it is a necessity for the European farmers to have something in stock to feed the cattle because of the shortage of the green crops in winters due to snowfall and the ideal option available to them is the stocking of silage of summer crops. This is not the same with Pakistani farmers due to the difference in weather system. Secondly, big scale dairy farmers in Pakistan who do not have land for the purposes of growing green crops and have to buy it instead, it is much more feasible for them to buy crops for preparing silage in stock. Moreover, it is much easier for the management of the farm provide with silage as compared to fresh fodder. The possibility of silage being infected by fungus in humid and warm climate is more as compared to colder climate like European weather. The use of antifungal agents also inhibits the availability of salts used for health of cows.