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Address causes of livestock feed supply shortage

As Kenyan households come to terms that the once ubiquitous ugali flour is now an expensive and often unavailable exotic commodity, it is a double blow for the livestock farmers because since mid-2016 they have been in an acute shortage of livestock feed. As pointed out in the article of BD  on June 19th titled…

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Guide to making Silage

Silage is the material produced by controlled fermentation, under anaerobic conditions, of chopped crop residues or forages with high moisture contents. Silage is produced by the activities of naturally-occurring bacteria that convert some of the plant sugars into organic acids that preserve nutritional qualities. Ideal characteristics of material used in silage making: Moisture content of 60-70%. pH…

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Silage making for smallscale farmers

Content via FAO How to improve the nutrition of farmers’ milking animals when each family keeps only one dairy cow? During the dry season, the major fodders available are wheat or maize straw, together with hay and concentrated feeds. As a minimum, it is essential to provide a green fodder supplement to enhance rumen function…

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How to grow Boma Rodhes Grass

Rhodes grass is a vigorous, perennial grass, originating in South Africa, with a strong root system that gives it good drought tolerance. It spreads quickly, forming good ground cover, and grows to 1.5 m. It grows under a wide range of conditions. It is useful in the cut-and-carry system and for open grazing and is…

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Milking Machines

Are you building a dairy farm in Kenya and are having trouble deciding between hiring labour or buying automatic milking machine? Or is your traditional dairy farm simply growing and you are considering an upgrade to milking machines? In either case, it is essential to make your choice depending on the advantages and disadvantages of…

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Improve Your Local Breed To Get a Superior Dairy Cow Through Artificial Insemination (AI)

A month ago I visited one of my farmers; Mama Kaburu in Kibuku, Ngong. She is a hard working farmer with a mixed herd of boran cattle and friesian crosses for milk production. Mama Kabura, apart from being my client we worship together at St Anne’s Catholic Church, Kibiku and she is also our St…

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Smallholder farmers’ guide to dairy farming as a business (Part 1)

What is a business? A business is an organization that buys or sells products or services for money. It can also be defined as an activity in which a person earns a profit from providing a service or from supplying goods. A business involves buying and selling something. The buyer wants to meet a need.…

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Mercy Corps Kenya and Graduate Farmer Youth Training Program

A surge of young people in Kenya have become interested in starting careers in farming but they face tremendous obstacles on their paths to operating viable farm businesses. They have seen the success stories, visited modern farms but still they cannot duplicate what is done out there on their farms. Graduate Farmer in partnership with Mercy Corps…

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Be determined in dairy farming and you will succeed

In Taita Taveta County, about 2km from Wundanyi town we find Kambale, a dairy farmer who keeps eight cows, two of which are in-calf, two are calves while four are lactating, offering him an average of 100 litres of milk a day. Kambale claims he left his job as a surveyor in 1999 and invested Sh50,…