Livestock

Domesticating stingless bees

Stingless bees are facing extinction due to pressure on natural resources like deforestation among other human activities that are threatening their habitation. Many farmers have expressed interest in [ ... ]

Farmers play extension officers, halving Newcastle dise...

A model that trains farmers to be community based extension officer is halving the death of the fatal Newcastle disease while giving farmers a new source of income. Practiced in Eastern Kenya, the mo [ ... ]

E-Pig assists farmers in pig rearing, boosting yields

An innovation that monitors the growth of pigs while pointing farmers to right markets is proving popular among Kenyan farmers thanks to its ease of use even as pig farming takes root across East Afri [ ... ]

Farmers invest in homemade livestock feeds as prices sk...

Long buffeted by escalating prices of commercial feeds and unpredictable weather patterns, a group of farmers in Rift Valley are finding solace in alternative feeds and are reporting a halving of feed [ ... ]

Zero grazing reduces tick diseases by upto 8 times stud...

A study by the International Livestock Research Institute ILRI is advocating for zero grazing system to contain tick borne diseases as it emerged that free range systems exposes livestock to ticks-inc [ ... ]

Kiambu farmers access year round low cost hay

A new partnership has assisted smallholder farmers in Kiambu county access year round hay for their livestock at a time when changes in climate are taking a toll on available green fodder. For many y [ ... ]

Farmers chase cheaper, superior chicken breed

The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute has given the local chicken a makeover prompting pent up demand with more than 5,000 chickens being ordered monthly as farmers go for disease resistant high y [ ... ]

Livestock insurance takes risk out of livestock keeping

Kenyan pastoralists are recording steady supply of livestock even after dry spells a departure from the past, thanks to a livestock index insurance designed to compensate them for livestock losses cau [ ... ]

Fish breeders and farmers net profits with ‘beauty fi...

Fish breeders are recording tripled incomes  as demand for ornamental fish which have become common place in modern homes  burgeons , with the price of ornamental fish outstripping that of o [ ... ]

Dairy farm milks profits in rocky land

The humid and rocky Ole’ Sirkon area within Kajiado county can be considered a hardship area. With savannah plains and little human activity, yet a farm with over 80 high pedigree Fresian cows produ [ ... ]

Pastoralists up milk yields and income with cattle swap...

A dairy farmer in Transmara region is among pioneer farmers who are recording five times more income and milk yields having sold their traditional cows for the higher yielding breeds in a venture mean [ ... ]

Researchers set sight on free range chickens as demand ...

Kenyan researchers are focusing attention on traditionally neglected indigenous chicken as demand hits all time high with data showing 40 percent of those who buy chicken and their products prefer fre [ ... ]

As a cow eateth: African livestock emit half of global ...

Sub-Saharan Africa livestock emit over 50 percent of global carbon, one of the gases blamed for change in climate, due to their overreliance on grasses and crop leftovers after harvest which are poor  [ ... ]

Scientists step up war on East Coast Fever with superio...

A team of scientists from The International Livestock Research Institute has launched a project of developing a superior vaccine against the East Coast Fever known to kill one animal after every 30 se [ ... ]

Communal feeding pen increases cattle body weight, fetc...

Martin Wanjala has reared cattle all his life. But it was only recently that he started to make any money. The retired teacher has benefited from the recent introduction of a communal feedlot. Housing [ ... ]

Pastoralist organization creates market sanity, increas...

Kenya's disorganized livestock industry with its subsistence approach, poor quality standards and unfair trade practices has meant that hundreds of pastoralists who rely on livestock for their surviva [ ... ]

Rift farmer creates empire with low cost cattle feed

Laban Talam is not your ordinary farmer. With a herd of cattle producing tens of litres of milk and large swathes of lushy green fields, he has become an icon in his village and even internationally f [ ... ]

Model pays pastoralists to conserve environment

As pastoralists in North Rift grapple with the drought that has affected over 12 million East Africans, a new model of paying pastoralists for conserving the ecosystem in reserves and parks is helping [ ... ]

Cactus emerges as a feed for livestock

Cactus long despised by many due to its thorny aspects is now emerging as a solution to feeding African livestock during drought, based on findings by scientists at the Kenya Agricultural Research Ins [ ... ]

Sun, 20th April 2014