Year after year many cows in the tropical and subtropical areas of the world die of starvation.
Often the dry season lasted just a little longer than usual or the rainy season was not as prolific as expected and rarely a catastrophic and unforeseeable drought is to blame…
Over centuries farmers in the colder regions of the world have learned to cope with winters when not a single blade of grass will grow for months on end. Their continued success can be attributed to long term storage and conservation of forages and meticulous planning.
And curiously enough, it is only in the world’s really hot regions that the quality and feeding value of forages can actually be improved through conservation! Meaning that you can feed more cows, who will give more milk, with the same amount of silage compared to the original forage you started out with!
You think this is impossible?
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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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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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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.
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