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How a teacher has grown his goat worth Sh25,000 to 30 goats worth Sh300,000...

Many small-scale farmers rear goats either for sentimental value or to provide meat for the family, without ever thinking of doing it for commercial purposes. Yet these can be a good source of revenue and milk for the family or farmer. Mr Peter Chelule has...

Step by step how to keep layers

Keeping layers is a lucrative business. A minimum of 300 layers, experts say, is the least number one should keep to make good commercial sense. This could fetch you up to Ksh700,000 a year, while having 1,000 layers can rake in Ksh2.4million a year However,...

Matu Wamae: Dairy farmer in his own class

In a rural setting such as dry Kieni East, you do not normally get a tarmac road off a highway. But at the dusty but busy Chaka market along the Nyeri-Nanyuki road, a smooth tarmac road on the right turn is conspicuous. Although it...

Vital tips from urban dairy farmer’s success

for the rest of the month and year and tell mAs we drive on the dirt road off Kiminini shopping centre, in Trans Nzoia County, nothing prepares us for the urban farm and the animals we are about to see. We branch off through...

State-of-the-art hatchery in Naivasha for indigenous chickens

It takes a 15-minute drive from Naivasha Town to reach this highly guarded farm with a conspicuous ‘Mbwa Kali’ sign at the main gate. In an area best known for flower farming, this state-of-the-art chicken hatchery comes as a pleasant surprise. Located on a seven-acre...

Device for drying cassava peels to make high value animal feed

Another interesting innovation showcased during the Postharvest Congress and Exhibition was Nigerian Dr Iheanacho Okike’s machine for drying and grading cassava peels. The innovation, which produces livestock feed from the peels, won the second prize. Dr Okike is a research scientist with the International Livestock...

New pig genetics and AI services introduced

As demand for pork rises in the country, pig farming is gaining popularity owing to its low capital requirements and high returns. Farmers Choice has come up with innovative ways to support farmers, one of them being the introduction of AI services. Why did the...

Optimising protein use of high production dairy cattle

It is estimated that by 2020, the annual demand for milk and dairy products in the developing countries will stand at 391 million tonnes. This will be more than double the dairy product needs of 168 million tonnes recorded in 1998. The rise in...

Scaling the heights of fish business

An appetising aroma wafts from a crowded section of Gikomba market, Nairobi. There is a flurry of activity all over, with various traders pitching loudly in the vast, open-air market for the various merchandise they have on offer. Amid the cacophony, a considerable part of...

How to get the best off your dairy cow

If your aim is in rearing dairy cows, you will want to ensure maximum milk production and get some good income. There are a must to do things to be done. Below are some quick guidelines to follow: Choose the right breed :First and...

Cattle Farming in Kenya

There are various reasons why a person might engage in cattle farming in Kenya. Some raise large herds to sell, others, in the case of dairy, raise them to sell their milk. Many raise cattle to show in fairs and other local events. In...

Easy-to-use pregnancy diagnosis kit for cows

The long wait to know whether or not your cow is pregnant after insemination is almost over, following the unveiling of a test kit that can detect pregnancy and embryo mortality 20 days after it is served. The kit, which has been developed by...

Insects, the latest craze in animal feeds sector

While insects are well-known for the critical role they play in the environment and in agriculture, a good number of them often find themselves on the opposite end of human tolerance and are targeted for destruction. Today, however, some insects are becoming stars in...

How to choose the best bull for quality

With milk and meat production levels below optimum levels in the country, lack of adequate cost-effective AI services and use of poor bull breeds have been cited as some of the reasons for this. Many farmers still find it a challange to get the...

‘Staldren®’ An effective dry disinfectant for all domestic animals

Staldren® is an effective dry disinfectant for all domestic animals Staldren® is a Danish product which has been thoroughly tested by recognised international laboratories is as a hygiene product being used world wide. Staldren® is phosphate free and PH-neutral, which means that it does not dissolve/or loosen floorings...