Animal Health

How to build an apiary for honeybees

What factors should be considered when setting up an apiary? Stick to standards and you will produce high quality honey. An apiary or a bee house is a place where many beehives are kept for honey production. It is advisable to keep between 20 to 25 beehives in one apiary.

Poultry Keeping: What farmers need to succeed

Poultry keeping continues to be one of the most popular enterprises among small-scale farmers in Kenya. This is because it is one of cheapest farming enterprises that require little capital to start. Of late, there has been a shift towards keeping indigenous chickens.

Fleckvieh: Why more farmers want this cow

Farmers need to know that it is only through proper management and feeding of Fleckvieh dairy cows that they can get good returns from this breed. In 2011, we featured the Fleckvieh dual-purpose cattle breed and since then thousands of farmers have acquired it.

Know your pasture grasses: Foxtail, the choice grass for beef farmers in arid areas.

Beef producers often incur losses when fodder is in short supply. But adjusting animals’ feeding program can help farmers produce quality beef during periods of drought. Beef production is mostly done in the arid and semi arid regions of East Africa. 

Lablab is good for food and fodder

Lablab is a source of protein for both humans and livestock. The legume improves soil fertility, is suitable as a cover crop and can be rotated with other crops. Forage legumes are important because they improve soil fertility through nitrogen fixation.

Urea can soften dry fodder for animals

Most farmers rely on maize stalks and other crop residue to feed their dairy cows during the dry season. It can be made easier to chew by adding urea to soften it. But farmers have to use the right quantity of urea as excess amounts can cause sudden death.

A cow with high milk production

Fleckvieh is a hardy breed that can resist diseases, eats less and produces more high quality milk. Kenyan dairy farmers are used to the common exotic breeds of dairy cows such as the Holstein-Fresians, Ayrshire, Guernsey or even Jerseys.

Farmers go for productive chicken breed

The shortage of Kenbro chicks has led to a situation where farmers breed their own Kenbro stock and sell to other farmers. The demand for cross breeds is making companies that breed and sell day-old-chicks as they are not able to meet this demand.

How to improve indigenous chicken

Indigenous poultry production can be increased through proper breeding. Apart from selecting good breeds, the quantity and quality of chicken feed matters. The majority of Kenyan farmers rear indigenous chickens.

Prepare fodder early, for the dry season

Livestock farmers face problems in getting fodder and pasture for their animals. They can can avoid dry fodder shortages by conserving it when it is plenty during the wet season, this by planning ahead to determine their requirements and take conservation measures.

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