A calf rests in its stall on the grounds of a high school (Centro de Bachillerato Tecnologico Agropecuario #22) in Cuatro Cienegas, a small desert town in th middle of Mexico’s Coahuila state. The cows are part of an experimental alfalfa crop replacement project. In order to conserve the remaining water resources in the Cuatro Cienegas area, some scientists and government officials have started various initiatives to wean farmers off the water-guzzling alfalfa crop. A year ago they started experimenting with replacing alfalfa with nopal foraje (forage cactus) for livestock feed. The nopal requires only 50 liters of water per kilogram of dried feed, while alfalfa needs 1,500 liters for the same amount. Students in this high school are actively participating in the experiment and grow their own nopal to feed to their five cows. The cows seem to be thriving under their new diet, leading scientists to be optimistic about the results of their study.
- ©Janet Jarman 2015
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