Regular spraying of livestock safeguards against pests such as ticks, tsetse-fly, biting flies, lice and fleas. In the long run the aim is to control the spread of diseases carried by these pests such as nagana and tick-borne diseases like East Coast Fever. It is always good practice to spray all animals that are susceptible to infection. These include cattle, pigs, donkeys, dogs, sheep and goats. Do not spray calves below 2 – 3 months of age to enable them develop natural immunity to some tick-borne diseases.
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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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All these are calculated at present day values and under the assumption that you have managed to sell all their produce at above indicated prices. Actually these cows are capable of producing above output under quite unfavorable conditions, in areas of Kenya where farm gate price of milk is much higher than KShs 33/- per liter.
What is the secret of their success and this incredible performance?
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Raising goats for meat production in Kenya can be a worthwhile initiative. Red meat business is currently underexploited in the country despite the vast opportunities that exists both locally and internationally. The two main indigenous goat breeds, i.e. the Small East African Goat and the Galla have great potential due to their characteristics and adaptability to a wide range of climatic conditions in the country.
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