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Rearing Dairy Goats in Kenya

Throughout Kenya pressure on land is increasing. Average farm size is decreasing as plots are sub-divided and farmers in Kenya struggle to find space on their farms to grow subsistence and cash crops as well as keep livestock. Many farmers in Kenya would like to keep dairy cows but do not have the money to buy animals and build zero-grazing units …

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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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All you need to know about a zero grazing unit by SDCP

Under the zero-grazing system, cattle are confined in one place where feed and water are brought to the animals. Other animal husbandry activities such as animal health, are also carried out under zero grazing. Zero-grazing is a good system for keeping dairy cattle in densely populated, high potential areas, where land per farm family is small. Other dairy cattle rearing …

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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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IAI Dairy Farming Expo Nairobi

A 3 day event that will be held from 30th November to the 2nd December 2015 at the KICC (Kenyatta International Conference Centre) Nairobi, Kenya. The IAI Dairy Farming Expo Nairobi will showcases products and services like; Disease Diagnostic Equipment Laboratory Equipment, Farming Equipment Milking Machine Animal comfort Animal Identification & Measurement Software Solution services and many more etc. in the Agriculture …

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Compliance Guidelines For Milk Traders in Kenya

Introduction Milk traders play an important role in linking dairy farmers and milk consumers. Milk is a highly nutritious food. In order to reach the consumer while still in good condition, a number of things must be observed right from the farm to the market. The government has developed various food regulations to ensure the delivery of safe and quality …

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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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Qualities of a Successful Farmer

Agriculture in Kenya or rather agribusiness is the new business in town and everyone wants a piece of the cake. You have all seen and heard the numerous success stories of farmers on the newspapers and TV. They make farming look easy and everything they touch turns to profit. We decided to visit successful farms around the country to find …

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ECF (East Coast Fever) Vaccination in Kenya

East Coast Fever (ECF) is a serious, often fatal disease that affects cattle. Mortality can be up to 100%, with death occurring around 18–30 days after the initial attachment of infected ticks. This is because the incubation of the disease requires around 10–25 days in which the parasite spreads quickly and aggressively! Some of symptoms include high fever, swelling of …

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