Know your pasture grasses: Brachiaria, a high quality fodder grass

Originally from Africa and bred in South America, Brachiaria grass is gaining popularity among cattle farmers in Kenya. The grass is credited with helping to revolutionalize the Brazilian beef industry. The grass has found its way to Africa, and a ready home in Kenya.

Sahiwal: Easy to handle dual-purpose breed

Sahiwal is a breed of Zebu cattle, which is loved for its ability to give high quality milk with high butter fat content. It is fairly resistant to tick borne diseses and thrives in arid and semi-arid areas where pure exotic breeds find it difficult to cope.

Proper management improves poultry production

Many poultry farmers assume that indigenous chickens can fend on their own especially when put on free range. But, this is not the case. Chicken require thorough care; feeding, housing, disease control and protection from predators.

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.

The best way to grow orange-fleshed sweet potatoes

The potential for production of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes in Kenya stands at 4.8 tonnes per acre. However, farmers get only 1.12 per acre. Though many causes are to blame for low productivity, unavailability of quality planting material is the most important.

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.

Maize seed can transmit Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLN)

Research has shown that maize seeds may contain the viruses that cause Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) disease and can transfer the disease through seeds to farms. This poses great danger to food security in the country and neighbouring countries.

Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are nutritious

Sweet potato farming is getting popular in most parts of the country. In Western Kenya, many farmers are finding the crop a good alternative to sugarcane. They see it as a source of money and nutrition for their families. Hence, their is growing demand for planting material.

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.

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