Making new pasture
To make new pasture, sow or plant grass.
Wait till the grass has grown and become fairly tall before
putting animals on it. When the animals have eaten the grass, take them to
another pasture. The grass will grow again on the first pasture. Wait till it
has fully grown before putting the animals back on the first pasture. Sown or
planted pastures can yield plenty of grass.
To make a new pasture, sow Pueraria, Centrosema, Stylosanthes,
Crotalaria, Melinis, Napier grass (elephant grass). Ask the extension worker
what plants to use and where to buy them.
Many of these plants continue to grow during the dry season. So
you have a reserve of pasture grass, and the animals are well fed all the year.
These plants protect the soil and make it richer. When you
plough up this pasture, the crops that you grow afterwards will yield good
harvests. The pasture is part of the land allocation (see Booklet No. 5, page
27). The pasture acts as a