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New four-phase kienyeji feed enters market

It is good news for poultry farmers following feeds manufacturer Bidco Land O' Lakes’s unveiling of a four-phase feed, especially made for the kienyeji breeds. The most recent Kenyan poultry census has placed the total number of chickens at 45 million. Some 75 percent (34...
Poultry imports slowly crippling the local farmers

Poultry imports slowly crippling the local farmers

Stakeholders of the Kenyan poultry and animal feeds industry registered their worries, about poultry imports into the country. Officials from the Kenya Poultry Breeders Association, Kenya Poultry Farmers Association and Association of Kenya Feed Manufacturers, felt that the government had failed to consider current production...
Pig farming

African governments urged to include animals in formulation of their policies.

The World Animal Protection organisation is running a global campaign christened, “Animals in Disaster”, which asks African governments to include animals in the formulation of their policies. According to Dr Judy Kimaru, the disaster manager for Africa at the organisation, “the national government should allocate...

Northern Kenyan Poultry Company bags top African award

A chicken processing plant in northern Kenya, Kulamawe Poultry Industries, has scooped one of the five awards in the inaugural Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch competition. Only 21 entrepreneurs were selected to compete for the final five categories out of more than 450 entries from...

Bidco Poultry Centre a first in Kenya.

Bidco Land O’ Lakes started operations in Kenya in August 2015 in Nakuru. The company has continued to improve feeds quality and productivity by using new technologies and by investing in a state-of-the-art laboratory. It has also improved on product packaging and added special features...

Valuable tips on goat rearing

Rearing of goats can be very rewarding Goats easily adapt to varied temperatures. However, the following tips will help reduce the incidence of death and disease.  Never subject your goats to wind. Windy conditions encourage pneumonia-causing bacteria like Pasteurella multocida to proliferate, which can...

Reasons farmers have been experiencing low milk production

In April, a Smart Farmer team set out on a big mission. We wanted to find out why we were hearing so many voices of discontent about dairy farming. Though it is widely believed to be a highly profitable venture, many farmers have often complained...

How can you best take care of your calves?

How you bring up your calf from birth to weaning stage will determine the quality of cow that you get. Care should be taken to promote growth, thus reducing chances of loss from death and disease while maintaining the health of the calf. However, raising...

METHIONINE, INDISPENSABLE IN POULTRY FEEDS

Poultry diet has enhanced a lot over the years. Though there are improvements made on the dietetic features, a lot many nutritional problems are still remaining unsolved and serve as a challenge to investigators in this poultry field worldwide. It is for this motive, the...

Don’t waste maize stalks, turn them into nutritious animal feed

What to feed livestock on, especially dairy animals during the dry season when grazing land becomes a dry mass of shrivelled brown grass or patches, is a big challenge for most small-scale farmers. During this period, many farmers resort to using maize stalks and other...
Online training for fish farmers

Online training for fish farmers

People wanting to establish fish farms can now access information and training at the click of a button. Farm Africa, a non-governmental organisation, has launched an online training portal for fish farmers with very encouraging results. “I have shifted from subsistence to commercial fish farming...

Honey Care launches new product line to create market for smallholder farmers

Honey Care Africa has launched A new range of re-branded honey and healthy snack products. David Gachoki, Chief Executive Officer, Honey Care while unveiling the new range of products, said promotion of healthy diets and adequate micro-nutrient intake is critical in the fight against non-communicable...
New vaccine to counter Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia Disease launched

New vaccine to counter Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia Disease launched

Livestock keepers across the country have a reason to smile following the launch of a new vaccine that seeks to counter the contagious bovine pleuropneumonia disease (CBPP). The launch of the CBPP vaccine, a first against the deadly livestock lung disease recorded by regional scientists...

New rapid pregnancy test technology

Livestock farmers in Kenya can now easily confirm pregnancy in cows, following the introduction of a new rapid pregnancy test technology. The advanced “RapidVisual Pregnancy Test” enables dairy and beef producers to establish whether their animals have conceived or not, just 28 days after insemination. The...

NEW PHONE APP GUIDES PASTORALISTS TO GREEN PASTURES AND WATER.

Afriscout – a revolutionary phone application for pastoralists to find pasture and water using the power of satellite and mobile technology has been  launched by Project Concern International (PCI). Afriscout ,was created in collaboration with Google.org, uses community defined, custom grazing maps overlaid with satellite vegetation...