Broiler farmers get tips on raising chicken from international expert

By Smart Farmer Writer

Broiler farmers were the recipients of an engaging and insightful training session organised by Isinya Feeds and Essential Drugs at Nairobi’s Safari Park Hotel, recently. The event, spearheaded by industry experts and featuring renowned South African poultry specialist Rick Kleyn, aimed to address critical issues surrounding nutrition, management, and profitability in broiler farming.

The training session, strategically designed to delve into critical aspects of broiler farming, witnessed a convergence of farmers from across the country, eager to glean expertise on these issues in their operations.

“We wanted to address the nutrition part of feed for broiler farming, which is often overlooked. By bringing experts like Rick Kleyn, we aimed to provide farmers with expert advice on critical aspects,” said Nirali Shah, director of operations at Isinya Feeds, during an interview with Smart Farmer after the event, emphasising on the need to focus on nutrition in broiler farming, an aspect often overshadowed by management concerns.

South African poultry specialist Rick Kleyn

Susan Warui, a director of Essential Drugs Limited, stressed the importance of modernising farming practices and educating farmers on emerging trends and quality feed production.

“Our market relies on educated farmers. We need to promote and grow the farmer, if we also have to grow our businesses because we cannot grow in Isolation; we also aim to assure them of the quality of our products,” she said.

Susan Warui, Director of Essential Drugs Limited

“We felt the need to expose the farmers to even international speakers like Rick Kleyn, people who have a very vast knowledge in the industry and who have practiced for many years, just to bring a new aspect and new ideas to what they already know,” she added.

Mr  Kleyn, the keynote speaker, highlighted the bottom line for farmers: profitability. “We all grow broilers to make money. Tracking costs and ensuring good management practices are essential for success,” Kleyn asserted.

“You need to track the cost of the feed from the price you sell the chicken and see how much money you’re making, and most people are not doing that,” he said, adding,” a good start requires a good clean environment and good bio security. Attention to detail and good management are very critical. Management means setting standards and then maintaining them. Do the basics right,” he urged.

His message resonated with Magdalene Kinuthia, a seasoned broiler farmer, who expressed gratitude for the practical insights gained during the session. “The session was very interactive and educative. I’ve learned crucial management techniques that will significantly improve my farm’s efficiency,” Kinuthia shared.

Margaret Wanjiro, a young farmer attending her first conference, expressed enthusiasm about sharing newfound knowledge with fellow farmers. “I’ve learned a lot and will train other farmers. There’s money in farming, especially for us young farmers,” Wanjiro enthused.

Margaret Wanjiro, a young farmer
Magdalene Kinuthia, a seasoned broiler farmer

The training, spanning from discussions on profitable broiler farming to managing gut health and the critical first weeks of a broiler’s life, provided attendees with a comprehensive understanding of modern farming practices. Throughout the sessions, farmers remained engaged, eager to absorb knowledge and address challenges prevalent in their operations.

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