Animal Health

Know the right type of chicken to rear for profit

Many farmers rush to buy new chicken breeds coming into the market without knowing their qualities only to end up with regrets and losses. Poultry keeping is now one of the most popular agribusiness enterprises that many people in Kenya want to go into.

How to make your own pig feed on the farm

A bag of pig feed costs more than KSh 3,000 in the market. Feeds take up to 80 per cent of pig production costs. Farmers can make their own feeds and sell surplus feed to other farmers. What they need is to know the rations of mixing the different ingredients.

Sick calves - what farmers can do?

A good dairy cow was a well-fed and healthy calf while young. A sick calf grows into a poor cow. Dairy farmers ought to play closer attention to raising healthy calves that will grown into healthy heifers and eventually healthy cows able to produce milk for many lactations.

Improving fodder quality with legumes

The cost of feed concentrates has increased and it takes up a good part of the dairy farmer’s earnings. Adding legumes in fodder production and preparation can help cut down feed costs and improve profits. Legunes provide fodder for livestock and improve soil fertility.

Conserve adequate fodder for dry season

Feeding the cattle during the dry season needs good planning. A lot of fodder can be conserved and be used to feed the animals between January and April when there is severe fodder shortage. The entire crop residue is collected and conserved well for use as fodder in the dry season.

Feeding dairy cows well for high milk yields

Feeding your animals well increases your income. Dairy cows require a balanced diet for milk production, body maintenance and good health. The animals should have adequate water at all times so the animal can take as much as it needs.

Disease prevention important in chicken rearing

Chickens are very vulnerable to diseases. Farmers can, however, keep away diseases through proper feeding, housing, hygiene and regular vaccinations. Some poultry diseases can wipe out an entire flock or reduce the chickens' production potential.

Kenya has a great potential for beef farming

With about 80% of Kenya’s landmass being arid and semi-arid, beef farming is a viable way of using land, which would have otherwise been left to lie fallow. This article provides insights on rearing Boran cattle for beef to spur farmers to take advantages of opportunities in the beef industry.

Five out of every 100 heifers are infertile

Of all animals, heifers are the most neglected in many farms, which affect their health and productivity. It is important to focus on the health of heifers because they will succeed your cows when their time comes to produce milk. You don't want them to perform below expectation.

Feed raw material suppliers in Kenya, let us build a directory

Farmers who need raw materials for feed making including feed additives (pre-mixes and amino acids) can order them from outlets nearest to them. The following outlets sell the ingredients in different towns shown below:

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