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How to choose a good dairy cow in Kenya

When buying a dairy cow in Kenya you need to be careful not to buy a good looking cow but low milk producing cow. A good grade cow can produce very little milk if it is not kept well. The best dairy cow in Europe or South Africa may produce less milk in most parts of Kenya because the environment …

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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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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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What is Quality Hay?

While price and weight of hay bales is a big concern to many farmers, in my opinion hay quality is one issue that farmers feel helpless about. Let me start with a caveat:  There are  many types of grasses that are used for hay production, but in Kenya, Rhodes Grass is synonymous with hay.  So in this article I will …

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New cattle breed brings higher yield to dairy farmers

Todays’ story from the media shows a new breed of cow that has been bred for success! A new cattle breed, which matures faster and has high yields compared to others, is causing sensation among farmers. The breed named Fleckvieh was introduced in Kenya four years ago and has since been on trial in various parts of the country. Bernard …

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