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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...
New vaccine to counter Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia Disease launched

Feeding your cows on too much grains can be dangerous

Feeding is key in a dairy enterprise. High-yielding animals require a lot of energy to sustain their bodies and produce at the desired level. Many farmers, therefore, resort to providing carbohydrate- rich feeds, especially grains. They include maize, barley, wheat, and oats. Given in...

Small holders suffer as donkey thefts rise

A 90-year-old woman is in deep mourning in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County, following the death of her beloved donkey. Her most treasured animal was stolen, slaughtered and skinned. When I met her at her home in Kandisi, tears trickled down her wrinkled face,...

Worrying levels of Aflatoxin

Aflatoxin prevalence is so acute in Kenya that some major industries would be forced to shut down, if international standards were to be strictly enforced. This is the worrying message from recent research findings on the cost and health implications of aflatoxin in the...

Cassava peels as livestock fodder

Cassava is gaining serious recognition these days. Aside from being food for humans and a possible alternative to maize as an industrial crop for production of ethanol, and also being processed into starch and fructose for making sweets, this tuber, which has often been...

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...
Clockwise,Ms Elizabeth Muriu,Ol Kalou Township with her chicken, Mr Gregory Simiyu demonstrates the size of a maize cob at a plot, lastly in Machakos County Mr Evans Kyalo showing his tomatoes

Fertiliser for plants and animals that works wonders

Ever heard of a fertiliser that is administered to both animals and plants? Well, a foliar fertiliser, which originates from Malaysia, is causing plenty of excitement among farmers in Kenya and the rest of the East African region. And yes, it is organic. The...

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...

Camel Magic at Rimoi Village

It was a strange sight when a herd of six camels arrived in Rimoi Village in Elgeyo/Marakwet County in 2008, to be reared by a farmers’ group. This sparked a demonstration by some villagers, who feared that the animals would finish grass for their...

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...
Donkey to Slaughter or not

The donkey: To slaughter or not to?

Early this year, the first donkey abattoir in the country was opened in Baringo County. Putting up the slaughterhouse in Mogotio Location was however, not a smooth affair from the beginning with a cross section of people opposed to the project. Donkey owners in the...

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...

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...

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...

A pillow for the cow

Many dairy farmers in Kenya do not get their value’s worth and earn a pittance, says Charles Njoroge, a dairy farmer in Mukurweini, Nyeri County. In fact, for many, the venture has become a form of slavery, where the cost of production per litre...