SNV Tropical Feed Library for Rumen8

This webpage gives access to the Tropical Feed Library which can be read and used only with the Rumen8 diet formulation software for dairy cows. This Feed Library was developed by the Kenya Market-led Dairy programme (KMDP) of SNV Kenya / Netherlands Development Organization, to support introduction of Rumen8 as an advisory tool to Kenya and the East African dairy sector. Adaptation of the Rumen8 software to tropical areas and the East African context was financially supported by SNV-KMDP and VICTAM Foundation from the Netherlands. KMDP got funded by the Netherlands Government.

The Australian feed library which is provided once you register Rumen8 is not adequate for many countries with a tropical climate. Hence the KMDP project developed the Tropical Feed Library. Some of the feeds in the Tropical Feed Library are unique to Africa and are missing in the Australian library. In addition, higher levels of Neutral Detergent Fibre (NDF) and lower level of crude protein are common in many tropical forages. For such diets, NDF (tick under DMI estimation method in Rumen8 opening page) may be used by Rumen8 users to estimate the feed intake of dairy cattle in the tropics. This made the development of the Tropical Feed Library indispensable for use of Rumen8 in Africa.

Data for the Tropical Feed Library was obtained from about 10 trusted published sources and currently includes 230 feedstuffs. The library will remain the intellectual property of SNV. SNV will from time to time expand and update the feedstuffs in the Tropical Feed Library. Please check this website regularly for updates.

Before downloading the Tropical Feed Library it is recommended to install the Rumen8 software. Once the installation is complete go to the Rumen8 folder under the Rumen8 folder and create a new folder and rename this folder . Download the SNV Tropical Feed Library and save the file SNVFeedLibrary.db3 in the folder Shared Library. To open the SNV Tropical Feed Library open the Rumen8 program. Go to the in the left top corner of the Rumen8 window and click on edit and in the next pop up click on edit feeds. The window now open is the feed editor, in the right half of the window click under Shared Library on the tab . Now the Tropical Feed Library is visible. Under the heading User Feed Library click the tab open an empty feed library to start creating your own Feed Library click on the tab . Now you can start creating your Feed Library by making copies of the feeds available at the farm. The copy will be added to your Feed Library and can be edited according to the quality available on the farm based on observations or available feed analyses. When all feeds available on the farm and on the local feed market are copied into the Feed Library the Library is ready to be used with Rumen8. For more information we refer to the Rumen8 User Guide.

SNV Tropical Feed Library for Rumen8 can be downloaded here.

KMDP-II Intervention Areas:

Practical Skills and Farm Management

Feed and Fodder

Milk Quality

Functional Dairy Value Chains

International Linkages