Sorghum makes excellent fodder for livestock and can cope with dry conditions better than most other grain crops. Trials in Australia have shown that young lambs tend to do well on high-sorghum diets. Sorghum can also be used as a feed crop for pigs, chickens, goats and cattle.
Sorghum advantage: it is drought-hardy
When the sorghum plant matures and dries, the stalk can be used as hay for the roughage portion of the fodder, while the seed-laden portion will provide valuable grain.
The hay should be fed for about two weeks before the grain is gradually introduced. (Pigs should be fed only the sorghum seed, as coarse stalks can injure their intestines.) Pooling funds is a good way for the community to raise money to restore unused croplands.
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