You can also dry grass. Cut the grass when it is green and let
it dry. The dried grass is called hay.
Many farmers keep the dried stalks and leaves of groundnuts in
order to feed them to animals. This is groundnut hay.
Hay is nearly as good a food as green grass.
For hay to be good food, you must cut the grass when it is still
green, before it starts going to seed, and before it becomes too hard. Cut the
grass when it is young, and you'll get good hay. If you wait too long before
cutting the grass, you will get not hay, but straw.
Animals do eat straw, but it is not easy to digest. Straw is
used for making manure.
· How to make hay
You can cut grass with a machete. But you will get the work done
more quickly if you cut the grass with a scythe.
Cutting grass with a machete
When the grass is cut, let it dry in the sun.
Then turn it over and leave in the sun the parts that are not
This work is done with a fork. When all the grass is quite dry,
make it into a big heap next to the animal shed.
Then you can give the animals food during the dry season.
When the grass is dry on one side,
turn it over to dry on the other side
Sun is needed to dry grass.
So you must wait for the end of the rainy season before you make
In addition to grass and hay, give a feed supplement (see page
Give oil cake to oxen when they are working, to cows when they
are pregnant and are feeding the calves with their