Sorghum for animal feeding
When young sorghum plants are still green, they may be fed to
But you must be very careful, because sorghum may contain a
poison. The quantity of poison in the plants is not always the same. It differs
according to the age of the plants, the variety, the soil, the climate.
Sometimes when you have cut the green sorghum, some plants may
produce new stems. These new growths contain a lot of poison.
So take good care before giving green sorghum to animals.
The animals can be fed sorghum by putting them in the field
where it is growing, or by giving it to them as hay or as silage.
Never give the new growths to animals.
· Feeding animals in the fields
Animals are let into the field when the spikes of sorghum begin
· Making sorghum hay
To make hay, cut the sorghum plants when the spikes have come
out of the stem. Leave the stems and leaves to dry.
Because of the poison, you must wait two months before giving
this hay to animals.
· Making silage
To make silage, cut the sorghum plants when the spikes are well
formed, but before the grains have become hard. Then wait two months before
giving the silage to animals.
Never make silage with new growths of sorghum.
There are some varieties of sorghum that are grown only as
fodder. These varieties are very good for making