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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 both systems. Advantages of Milking …

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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 Monica Jumuiya chair lady. With …

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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. He therefore pays some money …

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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 Kenya have come together through …

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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, 000 he had into poultry …

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Unique dairy training program for the youth in Uasin Gishu and Nandi County

Graduate Farmer would like to invite all Aspiring Dairy Farmers between the ages of 18-35 located in Uasin Gishu County or Nandi County for an educative “1 day” dairy training session to be held on 21st, 22nd and 23rd of March 2016 at Wilsam Dairies located in Eldoret Town. This one day training program has been tailored to target the youth and empower …

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Importance of feeding your dairy cattle

If you want a profitable dairy farm then you have to feed your animals well. Feeding is a major factor that determines how well your cows will perform in terms of milk production, growth, body condition and overall health. Things to note Quantity and quality of milk produced is determined by milk consumed. Under-feeding of dairy cows results in reduced …

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Upgrading livestock to Pedigree status in Kenya

For those who have livestock or plan to get into the livestock business be it Beef farming, Sheep farming, pig farming or Dairy farming to name a few. Well, the Graduate Farmer brings you direct information that you need when it comes to livestock pedigree upgrades in Kenya. You might have heard of Kenya Livestock Breeders Organization or you might be …

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Main types of Cow breeds selected for farming in Kenya

When it comes to dairy farming having the right breed of cows is really important. According to statistics 60% of success of dairy farming in Kenya depends on the type of feeds and feeding. In Kenya the main dairy breeds that have been selected include Ayshire, Friesian, Jersey, Guernsey and their crossbreeds. Fresian Breed The Friesian cows have a large …

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How to make money from dairy cows

Did you know you can earn up-to Ksh. 40,500 per month from 3 dairy cows? Kenya has been identified as the highest performer in Africa when it comes to dairy farming. Breeds that are used in Kenya are high breeders which yield milk between 30 – 50 Litres of milk per day with good management. One cow can produce an average …

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