Many diseases affect goats in Kenya. Some are readily treatable and may not be a cause for concern because drugs are available at local stores. However some do not respond to treatments or cannot be treated at all. These diseases if not contolled can cause major economic losses. One of the common control methods is vaccinations.
Goats have many diseases that can be checked through vaccinations. The most common and important are Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCPP), Clostridial diseases, sore mouth (orf), rabies, pneumonia, chlamydia and others. Majority of farmers in Kenya do not vaccinate their goats although it is a necessary precaution to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
As a goat farmer it is important to know which diseases are prevalent in your area and make arrangements for vaccinations. This will save you from losses arising from death or treatments. You may not require to vaccinate against all the diseases listed here but the first and the second are important, even without an outbreak.
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Proper feeding, hormone treatments and of course good livestock management practices are among the strategies that you can use to improve milk production. Before we get into these strategies it is important to know a few facts about milk and milk production in dairy cows:
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As opposed to natural methods where the hen sits on the eggs, commercial hatcheries customarily rely on artificial incubators. Chicken hatchery business is more than the ordinary raising of chicken. It basically entails the regular production and supply of day old chicks by artificial incubation.
There can be variations in the nature of the hatcheries such that it may be part of a breeding farm, an arrangement where day old chicks and parent stocks are produced or where the breeding stock is not maintained but eggs are purchased to produce day old chicks.
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Although livestock markets are spread throughout the country there are no live pig markets in Kenya. This is owing to the many problems that have faced the pig industry in the past. Traders move from village to village looking for pigs where live pigs are sold at the farm gate. They then transport the live pigs to the various destinations where money exchange hands. However Farmer’s Choice Limited does not buy live pigs. Instead farmers transport them to the factory and are paid according to cold dressed weight (CDW) after slaughter.
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This cow produced 22,798 liters of milk in 365 days! Not in the USA or cold Europe, but in a tropical country just like Kenya. This lactation record equals an impressive and unbelievable lactation average of over 62 liters of milk per day! Welcome to this “seeing is believing” picture show through the fantastic and fascinating world of true tropical dairy cattle.
"Quartinha Terra Vermelha"
22,798 liters in 365 days
Breed: Girolando (50% Gir, 50% Holstein)
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