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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...

TIPS ON STARTING YOUR OWN PERMACULTURE GARDEN

Many people visit restaurants or friends and one look at their beautiful gardens suddenly awakens a resolve in them to emulate them, or maintain at least three potted plants. For those who have been wishing to plant something but never got round to doing it;...

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...

MILKING ROBOTS ON KOTUTS FARM

They can tell you what to expect from your herd days before any visual signs appear, keeping you in the know and giving you a head start to troubleshoot if trouble is brewing... 159 cows gather outside the gate of the dairy drawn by...

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...

SECRETS OF BETTER YIELDS IN GROWING POTATOES

Many Kenyan farmers harvest five to seven tonnes from an acre, according to available statistics. This is by far short of the optimal yield of between 16 and  20 tonnes or up to 400 sacks of 50 kilos. At a cost of Ksh1,500 per...

Vegetables saved my life and keep me healthy

He is one of the few people in the world who suffer from Dermatological Myositis, an auto immune disease, which is a devastating illness. It has no cure and suffering from it is literally a death sentence. Dennis believes he is alive today because of...
An App to give knowledge support in the fight of Fall Armyworm.

Tips on how to curb Armyworm

Recently, FAW has spread to Southern and Eastern Africa and has brought havoc to maize farmers. In Kenya, the fall armyworm (Spodopterafrugiperda) is becoming a nightmare to cereal farmers especially in Tranzoia, Vi-higa, Kakamega, Kisii, UasinGishu, Nandi, Kericho, Baringo and Kilifi. “FAW damages corn plants in...

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...

Women’s group benefits from making potato crisps

In Ndaragua, a few kilometres from the Nyeri-Nakuru highway, a group of women have found prosperity in potato value addition. Thanks to the potato crisps, which they produce, today, each member has a dairy cow, electricity connection at home and water harvesting projects. Most importantly,...

Fortunes from rabbit market search.

Thirty-year-old Bicham Waita, who rears rabbits, has weathered a storm, rising from despair to prosperity. Four years ago, he was a very distressed man having invested all his money and hope in rabbit keeping in his home in Kikuyu constituency, Kiambu County. Bicham had ventured...

Eggs are nature’s vitamin pills

Eggs are an excellent source of high quality protein, rich in amino acids, calcium, sodium, iodine, selenium, choline and vitamins A, B, D & E; described by nutritionists, as a large vitamin pill – a mineral cocktail, they contain all the essential vitamins and...

ANIMAL FEED FROM GRASSHOPPERS

In a small room at a university in Nakuru County, two researchers are working on a unique innovation that is set to boost food security and provide farmers with fortified feed for their animals and a new source of revenue. Egerton University’s Dr John Nduko...

Bag technology that could keep cassava fresh for days unveiled

The first-ever all-Africa post-harvest congress and exhibition was held in Nairobi in March. It was organised by a consortium of universities, research and development institutions. They included the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, the World Food Preservation Centre under the leadership of the...

10 uses of eggshells you did not know …

It is hard to believe that those shells we throw away, immediately after breaking actually have uses. Egg shells contain a very high amount of calcium; therefore, can be used in several ways. 1 A calcium boost for tomatoes: Blossom-end-rot is a tomato disease caused...